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THE work liero i)resented to the pulillc shows 
perhaps more strikingly than any ordinary con- 
ception woukl pictnre the actual position of the Catholic 
body in New York City. The churches which are the 
sanctuaries of more than half the i)0])ulation of the great city of the AYestern World; the clmrches which 
each Sunday are crowded by fully three-fourths of all 
church-goers in oiu- metropolis ; the churches where four- 
fifths of all who enter the fold of Christ by baptism re- 
ceive that sacrament; the churches whose ministry exer- 
cises a moral influence over a vast majority of the 
people — these churches are traced here from their origin, 
described by pen and pencil, and the jiastors made known 
to whose hands the si)iritual care is confided. The paro- 
chial schools, created instinctively by these chm-ches, where 
by the self-sacrifice of this one denomination a perfect army 
of their children recei^•e a gratuitous education, and whose 
numbers the public schools, with the wealth of a State 
and city at their command, can barely treble; academies 
for higher and the highest education of both sexes; three 


incorpoi'ated colleges ; hospitals ; asylums for orphans, the 
uncared for babe, the aged and forsaken; homes for the 
neglected and shelterless; communities devoting their lives 
and energy to Avorks of mercy — are all presented here, 
briefly, indeed, for justice to their self-devotion would re- 
quire volumes. 

A general sketch of the early liistory of Catholicity on 
this island, and of the illustrious prelates whom the succes- 
sors of St. Peter have placed in the See of New York 
since its erection, makes the picture a complete one to 
all who Avish to examine and see the progress and in- 
fluence of the Catholic Church in New York City. 

It has been the aini of the jniblishers to make this 
a work of enduring value by calling to their aid all the 
finest Avork of typography and art. It is a vohime to 
be a monument and a pride in every Catholic family, 
for to each the Chiux-h and its clergy have associations 
that endear them, and blend Avith all the" joys and sorrows 
of life, their sacrifices here and their hopes hereafter. 

As the publishers have spared no outlay in collecting 
material, or on the literary and artistic execution, they 
copyright the work, and notify all that no unauthorized 
use of the contents in violation of their rights Avill be 





Rt. Rev. Richard Luke Concanen, of the Order of St. Dommic, First 

Bishop of New York • 33 

Rt. Eev. John Connolly, of the Order of St. Dominic, Second Bishop of 

New York 39 

Rt. Rev. John Du Bois, D.D., Third Bishop of New York 44 

Most Rev. John Hughes, D.D., Fourth Bishop and First Archbishop of 

New York 49 

His Eminence John Cardinal McCloskey, First Bishop of Albany, 

Second Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Priest of the Holy 

Roman Church, under the title of Sancta Maria Supra Minervani. 59 

Pastoral Letter Dedicating the Churches of the Pkotince 

OF NE-flT York to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 73 


The Cathedral Church of St. Patrick, Mott Street 81 

Very Rev. William Quinn, Rector of the Cathedral, Vicar General 104' 

Roll of Honor 105 

Church of St. Agnes, East Forty -third Street 107 

Rev. Harry C. Macdowall, Pastor of St. Agnes' Church. 119 

Roll of Honor 121 

Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori, South Fifth Avenue 123 

Rev. Joseph Wirth, C.SS.R., Pastor of St. Alphonsus' Church. . . 131 

Roll of Honor 133 



St. Andrew's Church, Duane Street and City Hall Place 135 

Rev. Jlidiael Ciirran, Pastor of St. Andrew's Church 143 

Iloll of Honor l-l" 

St. Ann's Church, East Twelfth Street 149 

Very Eev. Thomas S. Preston, Vicar General and Chancellor, 

Pastor of St. Ann's Church 159 

Roll of Honor 163 

Clmrch of the Annunciation, 131st Street, Manhattanville 165 

Rev. Jeremiah J. Griffin, Pastor of the Cliurch of the Annuncia- 
tion 175 

Church of St. Anthony of Padua, Sullivan Street 178 

Rev. Father Anacletus da Roccagorga, O.S.E., Pastor of the 

Church of St. Anthony of Padua 185 

Roll of Honor 187 

Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 189 

Roll of Honor 192 

Rev. Bernard Anthony Schwenniger, Pastor of the Church of the 
Assumption 193 

Church of St. Augustine, 170th Street, Morrisania 195 

Rev. John J. McNamee, Pastor of the Church of St. Augustine. . 201 
Roll of Honor 203 

Church of St. Bernard, West Fourteenth Street 205 

Eev. Gabriel A. Healy, Pastor of St. Bernard'.s Church 213 

Roll of Honor 215 

Church of St. Boniface, Second Avenue and Forty-seventh Street 217 

Rev. Matthew Nicot, Pastor of St. Boniface's Church 221 

Roll of Honor 222 

Church of St. Bridget, Avenue B 224 

Roll of Honor 231 

Rev. Patrick Francis McSweeny, D.D., Pastor of St. Bridget's 
Church 233 

Church of St. Cecilia, East 105th Street 236 

Roll of Honor 240 

Rev. Hugh Flattery, Pastor of St. Cecilia's Church 241 

Church of St. Columba, West Twenty-fifth Street 244 

Roll of Honor 252 



Rev. Michael McAleer, Pastor of St. Columba's Church 253 

Church of St. Gyrillus and St. Methodius (Bohemian), East Fourth 

Street 257 

Rev. A. V. Vacula, Pastor of the Church of St. Cj'rillus and St. 

Methodius 201 

Churches of St. Elizabeth and St. John, Fort Washington and Kings- 
bridge 264 

* Roll of Honor , 270 

Rev. Henry A. Brann, D.D., Pastor of St. Elizabeth's and St. 

John's 271 

Church of the Epiphany of Our Lord, Second Avenue 274 

Roll of Honor 282 

Rev, Richard Lalor Burtsell, D.D., Pastor of the Church of the 

Epiphany 283 

Church of St. Francis of Assisi, West Thirty-first Street 286 

Rev. Eugene Dikovich, O.S.F., Pastor of the Church of St. 

Francis of Assisi 293 

Church of St. Francis Xavier, West Sixteenth Street 296 

Roll of Honor 308 

Rev. David Merrick, S.J., Pastor of the Church of St. Francis 

Xavier 309 

Church of St. Gabriel, East Thirty-seventh Street 312 

Roll of Honor 321 

Rev. William H. Clowry, Pastor of St. Gabriel's Church 323 

Church of the Holy Cross, West Forty-second Sti-eet 326 

Roll of Honor 333 

Rev. Charles McCready, Pastor of the Church of the Holy Cross. 335 

Church of the Holy Innocents, West Thirty-seventh Street 338 

Roll of Honor 344 

Rev. John Larkin, Pastor of the Church of the Holy Innocents. . . 345 
Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Ninety-seventh Street and 

Broadway 349 

Rev. James M. Galligan, Pastor of the Church of the Holy Name 

of Jesus 353 

Church of the Jlost Holy Rede<^mer, Third Street 356 

Rev. Thaddeus Anwander, C.SS.R., Rector of the Church of the 

Most Holy Redeemer 307 



Church of the Immaculate Conception, East Fourteenth Street 370 

Rev. John Edwards, Pastor of the Church of the Immaculate 

Conception, East Fourteenth Street 377 

Roll of Honor 379 

Church of the Immaculate Conception, 151st Street, Melrose 381 

Roll of Honor 385 

Rev. Joseph SLumpe, Pastor of the Church of the Immaculate 

Conception, Melrose , 387 

Church of St. James, James Street 390 

Roll of Honor 401 

Rev. Felix H. Farrelly, Pastor of the Church of St. James 403 

Church of St. Jerome, Alexander Avenue and 139th Street 406 

Rev. John J. Hughes, Pastor of the Church of St. Jerome 409 

Roll of Honor 410 

Church of St. John the Baptist, West Thirtieth Street 413 

Rev. Bonaventura Frey, O. Min. Cap., Pastor of the Church of 

St. John the Baptist 423 

Church of St. John the Evangelist, Fifteenth Street 426 

Roll of Honor 43C 

Rev. James McMahon, Pastor of the Church of St. John the 

Evangelist 437 

Church of St. Joseph, Sixth Avenue and West Washington Place .... 440 

Pioll of Honor 450 

Rev. Thomas Farrell, Pastor of the Church of St. Joseph 451 

Church of St. Joseph (German), East Eighty-seventh Street, York- 

ville 454 

Roll of Honor 458 

Rev. Joseph Durthaller, S. J., Pastor of the Church of St. Joseph, 

Yorkville 459 

Church of St. Joseph (German), 125th Street and Ninth Avenue, Man- 

hattanvillo 462 

Roll of Honor 464 

Rev. Anthony Kesseler, Pastor of the Church of St. Joseph, 

Manliattanville 405 

Church of St. Joseph, Washington Avenue, near 176th Street, Tre- 

mont 468 

Rev. Nicholas J. S.Tonner, Pastor of St. Joseph's Church,Tren}ont. 471 



Church of St. Lawrence O'Toole, Eighty-fourth Street, near Fourth 

Avenue, Yorkville 474 

Eev. Father John A. Treanor, S.J., Pastor of the Church of St. 

Lawrence O'Toole 479 

Roll of Honor 4g2 

Church of St. Mary, Grand Street 483 

Roll of Honor 503 

Rev. Edward J. O'Reilly, Pastor of the Church of St. Mary .... 505 

Church of St. Mary Magdalen, East Seventeenth Street 509 

Rev. Adam Francis Tonner, Pastor of the Church of St. Mary 

Magdalen ^n 

Roll of Honor 522 

Church of St. Michael, West Thirty-second Street 515 

Roll of Honor 52i 

Rev. Arthur J. Donnelly, Pastor of the Church of St. Michael ... 523 

Church of (he Nativity of Our Lord, Second Avenue 527 

Roll of Honor 532 

Rev. William Everett, Pastor of the Church of the Nativity 533 

Church of St. Nicholas, Second Street 53^ 

Roll of Honor 544 

Rev. F. J. Shadier, Pastor of the Church of St. Nicholas 545 

Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Fordham 543 

Roll of Honor 550 

Rev. John Fitzpatrick, S.J., Pastor of the Church of Our Lady of 

^^'"''^y 553 

Church of Our Lady of the Seven Dolors (Our Lady of Sorrows), Pitt 

Sfeet '.... 556 

Roll of Henor f-nr^ 

Rev. Father Laurentius Vorwerk, O. Min. Cap., Superior at the 

Church of the Seven Dolors 5g2 

Church of St. Paul, East 117th Street, Harlem ' .' 554 

Rev. Eugene Maguire, Pastor of the Church of St. Paul, Harlem. 569 

Roll of Honor ^r-i 

Church of St. Paul the Apostle, West Fifty-ninth Street, near Ninth 

Avenue ,._„ 

Rev. Isaac T. Hecker, Pastor of the Church of St. Paul the 
Apostle 5^g 



Roll of Honor (Church of St. Paul the Apostle) 583 

Church of St. Peter, Barclay Street 586 

Rev. Michael J. O'Farrell, Pastor of the Church of St. Peter ... 621 
Roll of Honor 624 

Church of St. Rose of Lima, Cannon Street C2C 

Rev. Richard Brennan, Pastor of the Church of St. Rose of Lima . 035 
Roll of Honor 037 

Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, West Fifty -first Street 639 

Roll of Honor 042 

Rev. Martin J. Brophy, Pastor of the Church of the Sacred Heart 
of Jesus 643 

Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, High Bridge 645 

Roll of Honor 648 

Rev. James Augustine Mullin, Pastor of "the Church of the 
Sacred Heart of Jesus, New York City." 649 

Church of St. Stanislaus, Stanton Street 651 

Rev. Francis X. Wayman, Pastor of St. Stanislaus' Church 655 

Church of St. Stephen, Twenty -eighth Street 658 

Roll of Honor 097 

Rev. E. McGlynn, D.D., Pastor of St. Stephen's Church 671 

Church of St. Teresa, Rutgers Street 673 

Roll of Honor 680 

Rev. Michael C. O'Farrell, Pastor of St. Teresa's Church 683 

Church of the Transfaguration, Mott Street 687 

Rev. James H. McGean, Pastor of Transfiguration Church 697 

Roll of Honor 699 

Church of St. Vincent de Paul, West Twenty-third Street 702 

Rev. Edmond Aubril, Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul's Church, .... 715 
Roll of Honor 716 

Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, Lexington Avenue 718 

Roll of Honor 722 

Rev. Father Joseph H. Slinger, O.V., Pastor of St. Vincent Fer- 
rer's Church 723 

Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary (Mortuary Chapel of Calvary 

Cemetery) 724 


St. John's College, Fordham 728 



College of St. Francis Xavicr 729 

Manhattan College 730 

De la Salle Institute 730 

Manhattan Academy 731 

The Sisters of Charity (Mount St. Vincent's Academy, local Acade- 
mies, Asylums, Hospitals) 732 

Ladies of the Sacred Heart 737 

Academy of the Sacred Heart, Manhattanville 739 

Academy of the Sacred Heart, Seventeenth Street 739 

The Sisters of l^Iercy 740 

Sisters of the Good Shepherd 742 

The Little Sisters of the Poor 744 

The Sisters Marianites of the Holy Cross 744 

Ursulines - '^'^^ 

The Jlissionary Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis 745 

The Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis 746 

The School Sisters of Notre Dame 746 

The Sisters of the Order of St. Dominic 747 

St. Michael's Convent of the Presentation Nuns 747 

The Sisters of Christian Charity 747 

The Mission of the Immaculate Virgin 748 

Portrait of his Emmence Cardinal McCloskey, frontispiece. 

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Mott Street, destroyed by fire October 6, 186G. . 78 

St. Patrick's Cathedral Rebuilt 80 

Church of St. Agnes, East Forty-third Street 106 

Rev. Harry 0. Macdowall, Pastor of St. Agnes' Church, faces 119 

Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori, South Fifth Avenue 122 

Church of St. Andrew, Duane Street and City Hall Place 134 

Rev. Michael Curran, Pastor of St. Andrew's Church, faces 143 

Church of St. Ann, East Twelfth Street 148 

Very Rev. Thomas S. Preston, V.G., Pastor of St. Ann's Church, faces 159 

Church of the Annunciation, 131st Street 164 

Rev. Jeremiah J. Griffin, Pastor of the Church of the Annunciation, 

faces 175 

Church of St. Anthony, Sullivan Street 177 

Rev. Father Anacletus da Roccagorga, O.S.F., Pastor of St. Anthony's 

Church, faces 185 



Church of the Assumption, West Forty-ninth Street 188 

Rev. Bernard Anthony Schwenniger, Pastor of the Church of the 

Assumption, faces 193 

Church of St. Augustine, 170th Street, Morrisania 194 

Rev. John J. j\IcNamee, Pastor of St. Augustine's Church, faces 201 

Church of St. Bernard, West Fourteenth Street 204 

Rev. Gabriel A. Healy, Pastor of St. Bernard's Church, faces 213 

Church of St. Boniface, Second Avenue and Forty-seventh Street. . . . 217 

Rev. Matthew Nicot, Pastor of St. Boniface's Church, faces 221 

Church of St. Bridget, Avenue B 223 

Rev. Patriclf F. McSweeny, D.D., Pastor of St. Bridget's Church, faces. 233 

Church of St. Cecilia, East 105th Street 235 

Rev. Hugh Flattery, Pastor of St. Cecilia's Church, faces 241 

Church of St. Columba, West Twenty-fifth Street 243 

Rev. Michael McAleer, Pastor of the Church of St. Columba, faces. . . 253 
Rev. A. V. Vacula, Pastor of the Church of St. Cyrillns and St. 

Methodius, faces 261 

Church of St. Elizabeth, West 137th Street 263 

Rev. Henry A. Brann, Pastor of Elizabeth's and St. John's, faces .... 271 

Church of the Epiphany, Second Avenue 273 

Rev. Eichard Lalor Burtsell, D.D., Pastor of the Church of the Epi- 
phany, faces 283 

Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Thirty-first Street, between Sixth and 

Seventh Avenues 286 

Eev. Eugene Dikovich, O.S.F., Pastor of the Church of St. Francis of 

Assisi, faces 293 

Church of St. Francis Xavier, West Sixteenth Street 295 

Church of St. Gabriel, East Thirty-seventh Street 311 

Rev. William H. Clowry, Pastor of the Church of St. Gabriel, faces. . . 323 

Church of the Holy Cross, West Forty-second Street 325 

Rev. Charles McCready, Pastor of the Church of the Holy Cross, races 335 

Church of the Holy Innocents, West Thirty-seventh Street 337 

Rev. John Larkin, Pastor of the Church of the Holy Innocents, faces . 345 
Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Boulevard, near West Ninety- 
seventh Street 348 

Rev. James M. Galligan, Pastor of the Church of the Holy Name, faces 353 
Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Third Street 355 



ChurcU of the IniiiuicuJate Conception, East Eourtcenth Street 369 

Rev. John Eilwards, Pastor of the Church of the Inmiaculato Concep- 
tion, faces ^77 

Church of the Imnuiculato Conception, ISlst Street 380 

Eev. Joseph Stunipe, Pastor of the Church of tho Iniinaculate Concep- 
tion, Melrose, faces 387 

Churcli of St. James, James Street 389 

Eev. Eelix II. Farrellj', Pastor of St. James' Churcli, faces 403 

Church of St. Jerome, 137th Street 405 

Eev. John J. Hughes, Pastor of the Church of St. Jerome, faces 409 

Church of St. John the Baptist, West Thirtieth Street 414 

Very Rev. Father Bonaventura Frey, 0. Min. Caji., Pastor of the 

Church of St. John the Baptist, faces ... 423 

Church of St. John the Evangelist, East Fiftieth Street 425 

Rev. James !McMahon, Pastor of St. John the Evangelist, faces 437 

Church of St. Joseph, Sixth Avenue 439 

Rev. Thomas Farrell, Pastor of St. Joseph's Church, faces 451 

Church of St. Joseph (German), East Eighty-seventh Street 453 

Rev. Joseph Durthaler, Pastor of St. Joseph's Church, Ydrkville, faces. 459 

Church of St. Joseph (German), West 125th Street 401 

Rev. Anthony Kesseler, Pastor of St. Joseph's Church, Manhattan- 

ville, faces 405 

Church of St. Joseph (German), Washington Avenue, near 17(ith Street. 407 
Rev. Nicholas J. S. Tonner, Pastor of St. Joseph's Church, Treniont, 

faces 471 

Church of St. Lawrence O'Toole, Eighty-fourth Street 473 

Church of St. Mary, Grand Street 482 

Rev. Edward J. O'Reilly, Pastor of St. Mary's Church, faces 505 

Church of St. Mary Magdalen, East Seventeenth Street 508 

Church of St. Michael, West Thirty-second Street 512 

Rev. Arthur J. Donnelly, Pastor of St. Jlichael's Church, faces 523 

Church of the Nativity of Our Lord, Second Avenue 526 

Rev. AVilliam Everett, Pastor of the Church of tho Nativity, faces 533 

Church of St. Nicholas, Second Street 535 

Church of Our Lady of Mercy, Fordliani 547 

Church of Our Lady of the Seven Dolors, Pitt Street 555 

Church of St. Paul, East 117th Street. . . .* 503 



llev. Eugene Maguire, Pastor of St. Paul's Church, Harlem, faces 5G9 

Church of St. Paul the Apostle, West Fifty-ninth Street 572 

Very Eev. Isaac T. Hecker, Pastor of the Church of St. Paul the 

Apostle, faces 579 

Cliurch of St. Peter, Barclay Street 585 

Rev. Michael J. O'Parrell, Pastor of St. Peter's Church, faces (521 

Church of St. Peter, built in 1786, taken down in 1836 623 

Church of St. Rose of Lima, Cannon Street 625 

Eev. Richard Brennan, Pastor of the Church of St. Rose of Lima, faces. 635 

Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, "West Fifty-first Street 638 

Rev. Martin J. Brophy, Pastor of the Church of the Sacred Heart of 

Jesus, faces 643 

Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, High Bridge 644 

Church of St. Stanislaus, Stanton Street 650 

Rev. Francis X. "Waynuui, Pastor of St. Stanislaus' Cliurcli, faces .... 655 

Church of St. Stephen, East Twenty-eighth Street 657 

Rev. E. McGlynn, D.D., Pastor of St. Stephen's Church, faces 671 

Church of St. Teresa, Rutgers Street '. . . 673 

Rev. Michael C. O'Farrell, Pastor of St. Teresa's Church, faces 683 

Church of the Transfiguration, Mott Street 686 

Rev. James H. McGean, Pastor of Transfiguration Church, faces. . . . 697 

Church of St. Vincent de Paul, West Twenty -third Street 701 

Rev. Edmond Aubril, Pastor of St. Vincent de Paul's Church, faces . . 715 

Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, Lexington Avenue 717 

Convent of the Sacred Heart, Manhattanville 738 


THE Catholic Churches in New York City comprise 
the new Catliedral of St. Patrick, the noblest 
and finest temple erected to the worship of Almighty God 
in the Western world, and fifty-four churches, many of 
them elegant and spacious structures, elaborate in their 
adornment, not adapted to any capricious taste of the 
day, but ever-speaking monuments that in the midst of 
the world and the worldly proclaim that all is vanity 
except loving God and serving Him alone. 

They are unmistakably cluu-ches, erected for divine 
worship and at personal sacrifice. They are permanent, 
not to pass after a few years to ignoble uses, but devoted 
for all time to their holy purpose. 

Nor are they merely for the gratification of a fcAv 

rich worshipers, with a thin congi-egation scattered tlu-ough 

a vast nave. They are the cliurches of full one-half the 

population of the gi-eat commercial city of America, 

crowded not once only, biit at successive services every 


Sunday and holiday, and each time by a new congrega- 
tion come to adore God in spirit and in truth. 

They have been built mainly by the contributions, 
freely and generously given, of those who depended on 
their daily exertions in some department of honest toil 
for their o^^n support and advancement. This gives even 
the poorest and humblest Catholic a personal interest in 
the most splendid of these ecclesiastical glories of our 
metropolis. As the chm-cli which he has helped to rear, 
where he has joined in the holy sacrifice, been fed with 
the Bread of Life, where he has perhaps been united to 
the truly Clu-istian wife by the holy ties of sacramental 
marriage, where his children have been enrolled in the 
chui'ch by baptism — as all tliis, it is more near and more 
dear to him than an earthly home. He looks up to its 
Gotliic arch or its fretted ceiling, to all the rich tracery 
of the altar, the breathing j)ictures, the vestments and 
sacred vessels worthy of the service of God, and feels 
that they are his ; and that, beautiful as they may be, 
they are but a faint image of the glorious things pre- 
pared for him hereafter, if he is but faithful to the 

It is only when they at last begin to fathom what 
the Chm-ch is to the Catholic, that those separated from 
us can begin to imderstand wliy we are so ready to 
make any sacrifice to rear a worthy temple to the Most 
High, and all the more ready as om- faith is pm-er, 


deeper, stronger ; and this is more clearh' seen in those 
who have not been led iiway by that insatiate desire 
for worldly affluence and j^rosperitv A\'hich has been the 
bane and destruction of so many. 

Every Catholic church in New York City has been 
erected or relmilt within the last fifty years, and most 
of them within the last two decades. How great, then, 
have been the sacrifices ! for the church never stands 
alone. There is scarce a parish which has not a suit- 
able residence for the clergy, fine parochial schools, and 
within its limits an asylum, industrial school, academy, 
college — some institution for the ditfusiou of learning, or 
the relief of spiritual and temporal wants. 

As the creations of some monarch with the revenues 
of a kingdom, these churches Avould in the pages of 
history have given perpetual lustre to his name ; and cer- 
tainly the meed of praise that would justly be bestowed 
on one man, is as deservedly due to the Catholics of all 
races and lands who, gathered here, have shown that in 
their love and attachment to their holy Faith, they had 
but one heart and one soul. 

When the Catholic navigator, Verrazzano, and the 
Catholic Gomez, about the year 1525, entei'ed the mag- 
nificent Bay of New York, and marked the green sum- 
mits of the Highlands of Navesink, and the shores clad 
in forest and verdant meads, they were charmed with its 
beauties. Beside the ship bearing the flag of France or 


Spain, no vessel then rippled the surface but the frail 
canoe of the natives, Avhich darted wonderingly across 
its waters. 

" The very large river that forced its way amid hills 
to empty into the sea," as one described it, received the 
name of St. Anthony, and Catholicity set her cross of pos- 
session on the soil. But it Avoidd have been a wild dream 
to imasrine that in three centuries and a half the Church 
against which half Europe seemed rising in revolt would 
have planted tlu-ee episcopal sees on the shores of that 
bay, its ^^•aters lave the borders of tliree dioceses, one 
presided over by a prince of the Chiu-ch. Who coidd 
foresee that the rocky island at the mouth of the river, 
with its lake and streams and scattered wigwams, would 
give place to a city, ^x\ih a Catholic population far ex- 
ceeding that of many a city in the Old AVorld, with an 
array of churches siu-h as it is our purpose to trace 
from their origin to their present condition of spiritual 
grandeur and xisefulness? 

If these Catholic pioneers had any aspiration for 
the future of the faith, these hopes were rudely broken, 
when, nearly a centiu-y after their visit, Henry Hudson, 
a native of fallen England, led the ships of Calvinistic 
Holland into oiu- glorious bay, and, giving his own name 
to the river, left the Dutch to name the city and set- 
tlement they founded, New Amsterdam. 

For a time the Catholic history is a blank. In the 


new colony no religion was tolerated except the Calvin- 
ist. The Catholic Hollander who had fonylit bravely be- 
side his Protestant fellow-citizen against the Spanish rule 
was rewarded by being deprived of all political power. 
He could not even emigrate to America; but we are 
nevertheless requested to praise Holland for establishing 
religious liberty. 

The few Catholics who reached New Netherland 
were sent by misery, accident, or trade. In 1643, when 
the settlement was twenty-eight years old, a Catholic 
jjriest, a hero of the faith, torn and mangled by the 
barbarous Moha'N'S'ks, and broken down by a year's 
slavery, ^\as ransomed by the kind-hearted Hollanders, 
and lirought to the island Avhere New York now stands. 
In the little hamlet clustered under the rude fort, the 
heroic priest. Father Isaac Jogues, the pioneer priest of 
New York City and State, found but two Catholics — a 
Portuguese woman, and a }'oung Irishman from Mary- 
land ; and tlie ministr}' of the Clnuxh began with the 
sacrament of penance. His stay was but a brief one, 
but it inspired the people with respect for a religion 
that could produce such heroes. 

This missionary liad scarcely sailed for Eitrope when 
another, Father Francis Joseph Bressani, a native of It- 
aly, fell into the hands of the blood-thirsty savages ; and 
he, too, rescued by the Dutch from slavery, descended 
the Hiulson to New Amsterdam. If there were any 


Catholics he did not find them during liis brief stay 
within the hospitable walls of the Dutch town. Of 
course, in their destitute condition, neither of these 
priests, without chalice or vestments, could have offered 
Tip the holy sacrifice in our city. When Father Jogues, 
a few years later, Avas rewarded for his laborious mis- 
sion-life by the crown of martyrdom, some of his vest- 
ments and sacred vessels reached Ne-w York, precious 
relics of a holy priest. 

New York has ever been cosmopolitan in its char- 
acter, and the beginnings of the Catholic Church in this 
city are no less so. The first four Catholics recorded as 
having been on the island belonged to as many differ- 
ent nations — a tyY>e of the diversity wliich prevails to 
this day, when the Catholic flock and its clergy show 
representatives from almost every land and clime. 

After that "visit of these two priests, a Jesuit Father 
from Canada occasionally made his way to New Am- 
sterdam, mid generally found, among the shipping in the 
harbor, some Catholic, liappy to avail himself of the 
ministry of a priest. Such were the flying visits of 
Fathers Le Moyne and Vaillant 

But dm'in<r the Dutch rule, Catholics were few and 
transient. The Church had no foothold on ^lanhattan 
Island. One day, in midsmiimer of 1664, however, a 
squadron of four English vessels, bearing the flag of the 
Catholic Duke of York, as Lord High Admiral, entered 


the biiA', and tlie group of officers on their decks gazed 
■with delight on the fair prospect as they anchored near 
the Narrows. They came to claim the colony for 
James, Duke of York, on whom his brother, Charles II., 
ignoring the Dutch title, had conferred it. 

Under the new rule, religious freedom was at last 
proclaimed. The new colony of New York was opened 
to our faith. Lieutenant Anthony Brockholls, of a Cath- 
olic family in Lancashire, came over in 1674, as second 
to Governor Andros in the direction of the colony, 
\'\'hicli was indeed ably governed for se^'eral years by 
this accomplished gentleman, some of whose descendants 
in om* day have retm'ned to the faith he professed. 
A fcAv Catholic settlers amved, and James at last resolv- 
ed to make such arrangements that they should be able 
to worship God in the free air of the New World ac- 
cording to the dictates of their conscience. The Jesuits 
had for half a century zealously attended to the spirit- 
ual wants of the Catholics on the Chesapeake. They now 
extended their care to New York. When the brave, po- 
litic and able Colonel Thomas Dongan, an Irish Catholic 
of noble family, came out as Governor, in 1683, Father 
Thomas Harvey accompanied liim ; Catholic Governor and 
Catholic priest alike being escorted out of Boston, where 
they landed, by the Puritan militia of that place. 

Father Henry Harrison had preceded him, and be- 
gun his labors in June ; and Father Charles Gage, Avith 


two lay brothers, soon followed. The little mission was 
organized to minister to the Catholics in the province, 
and rejjlace the French missionaries among the Indians 
within the limits claimed by England. 

A room was fitted up as a chapel in the Governor's 
house within the fort, and here, for the first time, mass 
Avas off"ered in the City of New York. Opposite the 
Bowling Gieen, Avhere the statue of the last British royal 
ruler once stood, is noAv a row of buildings looking up 
the brilliant kaleidoscope of Broadway, with its ever-chang- 
ing waves of the votaries of fashion, commerce, and toil. 
These buildings occupy nearly the site of the old fort, 
and not far from the center of the row was the spot 
hallowed by the first mass ever offered on the Island 
of New York. Here, in a private oratory, mass was said — 
the little congregation consisting of the Governor and some 
Catholic officers and gentry, in all the bravery of the 
gay reign of Charles II., relieved by contrast with the 
soberer garb of the humbler adlierents of the ancient 

The Fathers found Catholics scattered tlu'oughout the 
various settlements of New York and New Jersey, and 
we can trace their ministrations from Esopus to Staten 
Island, Woodbridge, and Elizabeth ; but the general feeling 
was unfriendly. 

Education has ever been the aim of the Society of 
Jesus ; and these Fathers, true to their mission, opened a 


Latin Scliodl on tlie gronnds now occupied by the stately 
edifice of Trinity Chvu-cli. It was the first educational 
institution of tlio kind in the city, and was attended by 
the sons of the best families, eager to avail themselves of 
the advantages it aff"orded. 

Under the wise and able rule of James, and the 
Governors appointed by him, civil and religious libert^' 
were secured to the colonists, in the grand New York 
Charter of 1683, and in the Legislature Avhich was es- 
tablished and which passed the charter. Then Catholics 
began to settle in a colony which offered them a home 
and the rights their manhood claimed. ]\Iany of these 
•\Aere persons of means, education, and ability, who would 
have been singidarly serviceable to the colony. 

While Catholicity was tlms acquiring a home in New 
York, and in the minds of the more intelligent some of the 
veils of prejudice were lifting, the horizon suddenly chang- 
ed. James IL was hurled from the throne. When the 
news reached New York, Leisler, a fanatic maniac, seized 
the reigns of government, and commenced a system of 
terror. In his mad deliriimi he saw nothing but Popish 
plots, Jesuit conspiracies. William of Orange looked on 
in sublime unconcern at the ruin of New York, as if 
pleased to see the province peculiar to his predecessor 
reduced to the utmost misery. 

The Catholic clerg}-, no longer safe, left the colony; 
one to reach Maryland by devious ways, the others to 


return to Europe. The Catholics of means wlio had settled 
removed to other parts ; some to Canada, some to other 
English colonies. Those who remained in order to save 
their property made no show of their faith, jind in the 
next generation Dongan and Brockholls ceased to be Catho- 
lic names in the Colony of New York. 

Under Governor Fletcher, in l(!i)G, the number of 
Catholics in the city, according to an official report made 
to him and transmitted to England, was only nine. . 

Yet the fanatical hatred aroused by Leisler lived, and 
the next Governor, the Earl of Bellomont, was of a temper 
to give it a most fiendish character. Coming from Ireland, 
where his father. Colonel Coote, had been one of the blood- 
iest butchers of the Irish Catholics in Cromwell's time, 
Bellomont inherited all the sanguinary ferocity of the 
father, combined with the shrewder statecraft of the un- 
principled politicians of his time. 

By his personal influence and vote in council, the 
New York Legislatm-e, abandoning its broad charter of 
liberties for one less comprehensive and manly, passed, in 
1700, a law by which any Catholic priest entering the 
colony or its limits, as claimed by England, was con- 
demned to imprisonment for life. If he escaped from 
bondage and was recaptm'ed, the anointed priest of God 
was to swing on a gallows, like a mm-derer. 

In the same spirit was the law that any one who 
harbored a priest, who gave him a night's shelter or a 


meal, was punished by a heavy fine and the pillory. 
Other enactments disabled Catholics from holding any office 
or even casting a vote for any civil or military position in 
the colony. With a name that recalled its Catholic Lord 
Proprietor, New York excluded Catholics from its borders. 

For years Catholics were almost unknown in the City 
and Colony of New York. Dm-ing the wars with Spain, 
the privateers occasionally brought a priest into our harbor, 
among the prisoners taken on the vessels ; and the rec- 
ords show how shamefully they were insulted and wronged. 
The negroes in the Spanish Colonies were instructed in 
Christianity, and ennobled by its hopes; but every Spanish 
negro captured in these vessels, though free by Spanish 
law, was sold as a slave in New York. The priest and 
his white countrymen were finally released, but the negro 
remained to represent the faith. 

In 1741, a wild delusion seized the town. An ac- 
cidental fire in the fort was ascribed to a plot among 
the negroes to desti-oy the city. The Spanish negroes be- 
came especial objects of terror. Many negroes and some 
whites were aiTested, and perished on the scaffold or at 
the stake, convicted on the loosest and most unsatisfactory 
evidence. A belief gained ground that a Catholic priest 
was the originator of the supposed plot. A harmless, non- 
juiing clergyman from England, who had been acting as 
an humble teacher, was tried; and, as justice and com- 
mon sense alike had fled, poor Ury was hung. 


Witli such a fate before them, few r'atlioHcs dare enter 
New York. Almost the first one "\A'ho makes any figure wna 
John Leary, who resided in Courthiudt street, and became 
popular with the gentry as one who kept and imported 
horses, famed for their excellence. The street often Avent 
by his name. His rehgfion was avowed ; and the popu- 
lar rumor of the dav assures us that he did not neglect 
his Easter duty, but tliat he A^'ent every year to Phila- 
delphia for confession. 

In 1755, a number of Catholics entered New York 
City. They were not })risouers of war, for they had long 
been Bi-itish subjects ; they were not rebels, for they had 
done nothing against government. They were the unhaj)p}' 
Acadians of Nova Scotia, who, as Popish recusants, had 
been deprived of their estates and ])i-operty, and carried 
off, to the mnnber of seven thousand, to be scattered along 
the coast from New Hampshire to Georgia. 

Several hundi-ed reached New Yoi-k; but in tlie Gov- 
ernor, Sir Charles Hardy, they found an inexorable enemy. 
They were scattered tlu'ough the colony, the childi'en 
bound out, the adults put to labor. At every alarm they 
were huddled into the jails. Some, who had made their 
way from Georgia and South Carolina, were seized on 
reaching Long Island, in the following year, and treated 
with even greater cruelty. 

The several hunth-ed Acadian Catholics melted away : . 
many dying of broken heai-ts ; many perisliing- from the 

EARLY llISTOltY. 29 

noxious air and iiltli of the prisons of that day; many, 
used in their own land to ease and comfort, breaking 
down prematm'ely vmder tlie unaccustomed toil. Others 
escaped to Canada or Illinois — - perhaps by way of the 
Six Nations, who, Indians as they were, were less cruel 
than the whites. 

This body of compulsory emigrants did not form a 
permanent body of Catholics in New York, and no trace 
of them appears thirty years later. 

Among the class known as Redemptioners — those who 
were sold at auction for a term of service, in order to 
pay their ^^^''^•'^'^g'G money — were, doubtless, not a few 
Catholics, about this time, both German and Irish. Their 
number did not equal that in Pennsylvania, where Catho- 
licity had from the first enjoyed a degree of freedom. 

The little body of Catholics that had grown up in 
the City of New York a huncb-ed and ten years ago, 
began to long for the occasional visit of a jiriest. Few 
could afford what was then a long and tedious journey to 
Philadelphia, in order to approach the sacraments, and 
have mamages blessed and childi'en baptized. They were 
too few in number to make any effort to secure a per- 
manent pastor, to whom tliey could ofiFer no adequate siq?- 
port. But Providence did not forsake them. In sj^ite of 
penal laws and the bitter prejudices prevailing, the Jesuit 
Fathers in Philadelphia gradually extended their pastoral 
visits to scattered Catholics in New Jersey ; and just be- 


fore the Revolution the Rev. Ferdinand Steinmeyr — known 
on the mission by the name of Fanner — entered New- 
York, lie was a man of great learning, a mathematician 
of such excellence that the Royal Society of London elect- 
ed him a memlaer. He was more than the equal of the 
learned New York Governor, Cadwallader Golden; but he 
had to enter the city in disguise, and reach Wall street 
without exciting observation ; there, as tradition says, to 
meet a few Catholics in the house of a good Gennan. 

When the colonies rose against England, the feeling 
against the mother country was combined with tlie old 
cr}' against the Catholics. The first flag raised by the 
Sons of Liberty in New York was inscribed "No Poj)ery." 
An Irish priest, who had entei'ed the colony and ministered 
to some Scotch Catholics, fled Avith his flock, before the 
rising storm, to the more tolerant soil of Canada. 

The English army took and held New York. Among 
its soldiery, both from the British Isles and Germany, 
there were Catholics, who had enjoyed the services of 
jiriests in Canada, Ijut were alloAved none in New York. 
A French Augustinian priest, who had been brought in 
a prisoner, ventm'ed to officiate for the Catholics in the 
city, who, on learning his character, had eagerly sought 
to enjoy the consolations of relig-ion. He had been pa- 
roled, and did not suppose that English authorities, who 
allowed the Catholic priest to exercise his ministry in 
Canada, would take tmibrage at his doing the same in 


New York. He applied to the commanding officer for per- 
mission, and, mistaking the answer, proceeded to offer vip 
the Holy Sacrifice. He was at once aiTCsted and kept in 
close confinement, like the unfortnnate American prisoners, 
perhaps undergoing the horrors suffered in the old Dutch 
Church in Nassau street, or the old Provost Prison, now 
the Hall of Records. 

Down to the days of the Revolution, not only was 
Catholicity proscribed and the Catholic worship prohibited 
by a terrible penal law, but every Protestant who held 
any office under the colony had to take an oath that 
he believed none of the characteristic articles of the 
Catholic fiiith. 

"I do solemnly and sincerely, in the presence of 
God, profess, testifie and declare, that I do believe that 
in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper there is not any 
Transubstantiation of the elements of Bread and Wine 
into the Body and Blood of Christ, at or after the con- 
secration thereof by any person whatsoever; and that the 
invocation or adoration of the Virgin Mary or any other 
Saint, and the Sacrifice of the Mass, as they are now used 
in the Church of Rome, are superstitious and idolatrous." 

Such was the history of Catholicity in New York, from 
the time its Catholic explorers raised aloft in its waters 
the symbol of its triumphs — visits of heroic missionaries 
covered with wounds ; a brief period in the rule and reign 
of James II., as Duke and King, when the Church had 


jDastors, school, a flock ; a j^eriod under the penal laws, 
when Catholicity was under the ban; and at last deliver- 
ance b}' a Revolution, which, in its outset, seemed bitterly 
hostile to the Church. 

Wlien peace came, the Catholics looked aroimd for 
each other. They found that they were really a consider- 
able body, able to support a pastor. Then came repre- 
sentatives of foreig-n jDOwers — consuls of France, Spain, 
Portugal, and Germany. Wliile New York was capital 
of the United States, foreign ministers from Catholic powers 
resided here, and were coiuied by the hig-hest society; 
several Catholic members of Congress also lived here dur- 
ing the sessions of that body. With the prestige given 
by these personages, and by Catholic merchants of means 
who made the city a home. Catholics no longer felt that 
they were helots. They were freemen in a free land. 


Archbishops and Bishops of New York. 



THE splendor of tlie Catholic Church in this country, 
as we see it in our time, towards the close of the 
nineteenth centurj', with a hierarchy, an Archbishop residing- 
in New York — holding-, too, one of the highest dignities 
in the Church, that of Cardinal Priest — Suffragan Bishops 
throughout the State, and the neighboring State that 
was in old time part of New York, with magnificent 
churches, the services carried out with splendor, accord- 
ing to the impressive ritual of our Holy Mother — all 
this could not have been dreamed of in the beffinnino- 
of the present age. 

A hundred years ago the Catholic gifted with fore- 
sight who should have told his Protestant neighbors that 
such things would ever be, would have been deemed 

The few Catholics in New York had no church, 

no priest, no bishop. Those in Pennsylvania and Mary- 


land were more blessed ; yet nowhere tlu-oughout tliis 
beautiful land, from which the united arms and courage 
and endiu-ance and wisdom of Protestant and Catholic, 
side by side in the council hall and in the battle-field, 
had at last banished their old oppressors, had a Cath- 
olic bishop ever been seen. 

The missionaries who in the days of James II. laid 
the comer-stone of our Church in this city, organizing 
a congregation in their little chapel witliin the walls of 
Fort James, were under the spiritual jurisdiction of Dr. 
John Leyburn, Yicar Apostolic, first of all England and 
then of the London District. 

Tlie Catholics in the colonies — and among the rest 
those ^\\\o, at a later day, ■\\-itli many misgivings at- 
tempted, or were forced to fix their home in New York — 
looked up to the successors of Bishop Leybm-n as their 
prelate ; but none had ever crossed the ocean. A bishop 
was personally unknown. 

When the country recovered from the exhausting 
war, the new governments in most of the States left 
religion comparatively free. The Catholics in America at 
last received a bishop, in the person of the venerated 
John CaiToll, first Bishop, as • he was later, first Arch- 
bishop of Baltimore. 

His diocese was the whole United States, as fixed 
by the treaty of peace. He could not A'isit it all, but 
he did ^asit New York, and gave an impulse to the 


faith. Under the guidance of that great prelate, the 
Irish, the German, and a few American Cathohcs, began 
to form prosperous congregations. New York, in its re- 
hgious life, throve under the fostering care of the illus- 
trious Archbishop Carroll. Ilis grand and noble figm-e is 
associated witli the early annals of the Church in oiu- 
city ; here, as elsewhere, guiding pastors and flocks with 
the rare judgment and singular gifts with which God 
endowed him in selecting him to be the coraer-stone 
of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in the United 

But he felt from the first that the diocese in its 
vast extent Avas beyond his power, or that of any one 
bishop, to direct properly. His mission, he felt, was to 
organize, harmonize, and quicken the Catholic bod}', so 
that when it had a life of Its own, it could be divided 
into different dioceses without leading to ineAatable con- 

The increase in New York Avas, he saw, mainly 
from the green shores of Ireland ; increasing when the 
gallant struggle for freedom was crushed in blood, and 
the very national existence was swept away. He appre- 
ciated the zeal, fervor, and imd}'ing faith of the Irish 
Catholics ; and he looked forward to the appointment of 
some gifted priest of the land of St. Patrick, St. Bridget, 
and St. Columbkille, to build up the stately edifice of 
Catholicity in New York. And we see the same 


thoiig-lit in tlie suggestion of the name of the Apostle of 
Ireland as titular of a cathedral. 

"The number of Catholic congregations daily spring- 
ing up in every direction," wrote this great prelate, 
"has at last induced Pius VII., the present venerable 
Pontitf, wlio, in the midst of tribulations most bitter to 
nature, but equally glorious in liis Divine Master, so 
worthily fills the Pontifical chair, to erect Baltimore into 
a Metropolis or Archbishoprick, and to establish four new 
suffragan dioceses, namely. New York, Philadelphia, Bos- 
ton, and Bardstown." 

Addressing the faithful in the new dioceses now 
passing under other spiritual heads. Archbishop CaiToll 
says : " To multiply the means of salvation and increase 
vigilance over the sacred interests of religion, bishops 
ever present and near to them are now to be given to 
the separate portions of this once so extensive diocese, 
Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and ye vast countries 
of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. The Lord has 
spoken to Peter, Peter by his successors to Pius VII., 
and the apostolical succession begins after so many ages 
to display itself to you, that it may be continued 
through your chief pastors, even to the remotest jjos- 

For the See of Ncav York, that illustrious Pope se- 
lected a learned, able, and courageous Irish priest, well 
known at Rome, and particularly dear to the Holy Father, 


Father Richard Liike Concauen, of the Order of St. 
Dominic, whose mei'it had ah-eady caused his uoinination 
to a see in Irehmd, and who had been prior of con- 
vents of his order at Lisbon and Rome, and Librarian 
of the famous Casanate Library. 

He was consecrated at Rome on the 24th of A^jril, 
1808, by Cardinal Antonelh, Prefect of the Congregation 
of the Propaganda. The CathoHcs of New York looked 
forward with pleasure to the reception of so illustrious a 
prelate, and great hopes for Catholicity were entertained. 
But all were dashed, as months passed and no tidings 
came. At last it was learned that Napoleon had pre- 
vented his embarkation from Ital}' ; and ere long New 
York, which had put on its robes of gladness to welcome 
its first bishop, had to put on those of mourning, for 
the sad news came that their bishop had died mysteri- 
ously at Naples, in 1810, as he was at last on the 
point of embarking for his see. This was a sad blow 
to the new diocese ; and, as the sovereign Pontiff was 
hurried off from Rome a captive, it was impossible for 
some years to fill the vacancy and give the wido■\^'ed 
Church of New York a bishop. 

New York was thus left in a wretched condition — 
a diocese without a bishop, with none to guide and 
direct, as only a bishop can. Zealous Jesuits came, 
and, aided by a few priests Avho joined them, projected 
woi"ks on which the progress of religion depended. The 


corner-stone of a new church was laid. The Dominicans 
whom the late bishojD intended to bring were indeed 
sent elsewhere, with the means he had collected ; but 
Trappists sought to foimd a house here. The Jesuits 
opened a college ; and Ursuline nims from the Island of 
Saints crossed the Atlantic to begin one of their suc- 
cessful academies for training young ladies to all the 
accomplishments, virtue, purity, and self-sway of a truly 
Cliristian maiden. 

But all such institutions needed the fostering care of 
a bishop. Tliose in New York lacked it. They faded 
away, leaving the Catholics disheartened and discouraged. 




NAPOLEON, dazzled and elated by the career of 
^-ictory whicli Heaven granted to liis 'arms, 
thought that all things, human and divine, must bend to 
his will. The courageous Pontiff, Pius VII., was torn 
from his see. Napoleon fell, as if struck by the lightnings 
of Heaven. The crime and the punishment were evident 
to the whole world. 

By one of those sti-ange dispositions of Providence, 
which no human mind can foresee, the power of Protest- 
ant England was employed to restore Pope Pius VII. tg 
Rome. Wlien the affairs of the Church could be resumed, 
he resolved to give New York a bishop at once. Again 
he looked to the sons of faithful Ireland. The Rev. 
Father John Connolly, of the Order of St. Dominic and 
prior of St. Clement's Convent in Rome, where he had 
spent much of his life, was appointed Bishop of New 
York. He was consecrated in Rome, Nov. 6, 1814, but 
did not reach New York till the 24th day of the same 
month, in the following year. He is the first of otn- 


hierarchy who came to us consecrated in the Eternal City. 
He was received with great joy by his flock, happy at 
last to have a bishop in their midst. He found in his large 
diocese at least seventeen thousand Catholics, scattei'ed far 
and wide, with only fom- priests to aid him in ministering 
to them ; and two of these were soon withdi-awn from 
him. All the institutions projected by the zealous mis- 
sionaries and begmi by the devoted Catholics of New 
Y(5rk had ^-anished. Evervthing was to be created anew 
bv Mm, and the burden Avas immense. He did not 
slu'ink from the toil which would have appalled many a 
younger man, but bravely undertook the discharge of the 
duties imposed on him by the sovereign Pontiff. 

He was a native of Drogheda, having been bom 
in the year 1750. He had studied in Ireland, then in 
Belgium, and finally entering the Order of St. Dominic, 
to which he felt that God called him, he was sent to 
St. Clement's Convent in Rome. His life had been one 
of constant, active ser^nce, and he was for years the 
agent of the Irish bishops in Rome. 

He visited his native land on his way, less to see 
liis kindred than to appeal to the zeal of priest and Levite 
to join him in the field of his labors. Faithful Ireland 
could not see her children in America exposed to lose the 
faith. Bishop Connolly obtained for his diocese several 
^oriests full of zeal for man and lo^'e for God, and some 
candidates for holv orders, on whom he soon conferred 


the priesthood; New York then fii-st witnessing the confer- 
ring of that great sacrament by which the apostoHc 
powers are continued in the Church. He made visitations 
of his diocese, erecting shi'ines of rehgion in Utica and 
Rochester, thus taking possession of Central and West- 
ern Xew York, where in early times the Jesuit Fathers 
had their flourishing missions among the fierce Iroquois. 

The Orphan Asylum in New York City, which has 
so long been a home to the fatherless, was established by 
him, and placed under the direction of Sisters of Charity 
from the community founded by Mother Seton, to whom, 
doubtless, as hei'self a native of his diocese, he appealed 
for aid in terms which she could not refuse. 

He went to Baltimore in 1817, to attend the conse- 
cration of the Rev. Ambrose Marechal as Bishop of Stau- 
ropolis and coadjutor to Ai-chbishop Neale. The ceremony 
was performed by Bishop Cheverus, Bishop Connolly and 
the Very Rev. ]\Ir. DeBarth as assistants. His retm'n to 
his diocese, so ill provided with priests, must have made 
his bm-den seem all the more onerous after witnessing 
the Seminary and other institutions at Baltimore. The 
* yellow fever, which soon afflicted New York, found liim, 
however, zealous and um-emitting in the parochial labors 
he was compelled to discharge ; and in those days of 
trial he showed all the heroism of the 2irlest, and, were 
that possible, more than liis usual charity and benevo- 


His next great effort was to • secure more Sisters, in 
order to place the charity schools under their care. 

But if his labors were great and his resources were 
small, he was gladdened by the reception of converts 
into the Chm'ch, several of them clergymen of Prot- 
estant denominations. Bishop Hobart, of the Episcopal 
Church, enjoyed the friendship of Dr. Connolly, and e\'i- 
dently was approaching the light of truth. When Dr. Hobart 
went to Europe, he -sasited one of liis former ministers, who 
had become a priest and entered a religious community 
in Em'ope, and he bore lettei's from Bishop Connolly to 
friends in Rome. He never became a Catholic, but his 
daughter died in the faith, the wife of one who left a 
bishopric in the Episcopal Chvu'ch to enter the fold of 

In 1824, Bishop Connolly, feeling the weight of years 
and his severe mission labors, solicited the Holy See to 
give him a coadjutor, and to appoint his faithful eolaborer, 
the Rev. Michael O'Gorman ; but before the question 
could be acted U2:»on, the zealous first-ordained priest of 
New York fell sick and died at the bishop's house ; and 
within a week a second priest was bm'ied from the same 
dwelling. At Rev. Mr. O'Gorman's funei'al the aged bishop 
contracted a severe cold which prosti-ated him, and led to 
a fatal malady. Yet he struggled through the winter, 
discharging the duties wliicli had now increased beyond 
the ability of a priest in the jjrime of life and strength. 


He officiated till within a week of his death, and ex- 
pired on the evening of Sexagesima Sunday, February 6th, 
1825, at his residence, 512 Bowery. His body was taken 
to St. Peter's, and lay in state there till the 9th, when 
it was conveyed to his cathedral. 

Almost at the close of his career, in which he had 
many and grievous trials, his jieople, in a public resolu 
tion, declared that he justly possessed the confidence of 
all, and that his wisdom, piety and zeal had excited the 
admiration of their fellow-citizens ; that Ids conduct, man- 
ners and example recalled to their minds what we read 
of primitive simplicity in the history of the apostles of 
the earlier ages. And he won this esteem, not by bril- 
liant or showy gifts, but by his solid virtue, his zeal, 
devotedness, and charity. 




THE prelates whom we have thus briefly sketched 
had been selected in Rome, and set out, with 
the blessing of the Holy Father and consecration in the 
Eternal City, to a diocese and a flock in a strange and 
distant land. The Rev. John Du Bois, who was appointed 
Bishop of New York in 182(3, was one already identified 
with the Church in the United States by years of labor 
as a zealous missionary priest, by the foundation and 
du-ection of ]\Iomit St, j\Iary's College at Emmittsburg, 
whicli has been to this day the Alma Mater of thousands 
of highly cultured Catholic gentlemen, and the seminary 
which has filled the country with well-trained and zealous 
priests. He had, too, under God, been greatly instru- 
mental in guiding to success Mother Seton's labors to 
establish the Sisters of Charity in America. Few men 
were better known to the bishops and clergy of the 
United States, or more highly esteemed. 

Schoolfellow of RobespieiTC, he was one of the faith- 
ful priests whom France, fallen into the hands of such 
men, drove from her shores. Bishop Du Bois came to 


New York full of years and experience ; known, respect- 
ed, revered. He was consecrated at Baltimore, Oct. 29, 
182G, his episcopal cross and ring- Laving been the gift 
of the illustrious Charles Carroll of Carrollton. He found 
immense wants. The Catholic emigration increased rapidly. 
Short-sighted men, under the old trustee system, with 
mistaken views of their rights and duties, were blindly 
crippling the Clnu-ch, and preventing its usefulness. Fa- 
naticism had been aroused among the Protestant bodies, 
miprincipled men seeking popularity by wild attacks on 
the Church, and the basest and most disgraceful inventions 
and forgeries. But amid all the oppositions, Bisho2> l3u Bois 
went bravely on. Able theologians and controversialists, 
like Varela and Le\nns, vindicated Catholic truth a)id ex- 
posed the hollowness of Protestantism as a system. The 
eloquent voice of a Power called forth resources for the 
orjihans. The Bishop labored to endow liis diocese with 
a second Mount St. Mary's ; but, though he failed in this, 
religion generally prospered. He visited all parts of his 
diocese, and encouraged the building of chm-ches where- 
ever one could possibly exist, obtaining aid from Rome, 
and from the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. 
So rapid was the i)rogress of the faith during his episco- 
pate, that every year beheld new chm^ches rising. Yet he 
was not fitted by age to cope with the difficulties at- 
tendant on the rapid increase of Catholics, mainly, then, 
by emigration from Ireland. 


He was a man of sixty, having been born in Paris, 
August 24, 1764, of respectable and wealtliy pai-ents. A 
pious and truly Clu'istian mother had trained him in 
childhood ; liis faith had been confii'med and deepened 
under the tuition of the Jesuit Fathers, at the College of 
liOuis le Grand. Thoug-h the world was seething- with 
coming revolution, and that very college numbered among 
its scholars men who were to figure as the most impious 
and cruel wretches of the French Revolution, young 
Du Bois devoted himself to the ser^^ce of God. Trained 
in the Seminary of St. Magloire, he was ordained in 
1787. He was at once charged with duties. Besides 
being cin-ate at St. Sulpice, he was chaplain of an ex- 
tensive Asylum for the Insane and for (Orphans. Amid 
all the hoiTors of the Revolution, he stood at his post, 
till friends showed Mm that it was his duty to fly. 
NaiTowly escaping death, he reached a vessel for the 
United States, and landed at Norfolk, in Virginia, in 1791. 
Bishop Carroll received liim to liis anus, and with letters 
from Lafayette to Monroe, Pati'ick Henry, the Lees and 
Randolphs, Mr. Du Bois began missions at Norfolk and 
Richmond. He supported liimself by teaching while min- 
istering to liis flock. After a time, Frederick became 
the scene of his labors, and here he began a church; 
but in 1805 he took possession of Mount St. Mary's, and 
reared a log cabin, which was soon rej)laced by a brick 
church. Then a school rose beside his chapel of the 


woods. The blessing of God was on it, and it grew, 
giving priests to tlie Cluu-ch and well-trained citizens to 
the State. Such had been his life of devotedness to 
his sacred calling. ^Making the visitation of his diocese, 
he fovmd Catholics where he was led to expect none; 
hundi-eds, where he was told they were numbered by 
tens. Impressed with the great necessities of his flock, 
he went to Europe to solicit aid. He endeavored to 
give his people chiu'ches, priests, schools. 

He found but two churches in New York City. 
Under the influence of his zeal, the Catholic faithful, with 
their wonted devotion and liberality, soon reared St. Mary's, 
Clu'ist Church, St. Joseph's, St. Nicholas, St. James, and 
St. Paul's at Harlem. 

Eminently a man of action. Bishop Du Bois was 
ipiick, and, to some, seemed to rule with too strict a 
hand ; but to the faithful who came to him A\atli their 
cares and solicitudes, and to the young Avhom he loved 
to instruct, he was all kindness and indidgence ; con- 
soling, -winning, impelling all to virtue and sacrifice. 

But liis severe labors in early life, with the burden 
of the episcopate, told on his constitution. He solicited 
a coadjutor from the Holy See ; and, soon after the ap- 
pointment of Bishop Hughes, in 1837, Dr. Du Bois was 
struck with paralysis while walking in the street. From 
the effects of this he never fully recovered, and by the 
advice and wish of the Sovereign Pontiff, resigned the 


administration of his diocese to his coadjutor. He passed 
liis remaining years in preparing to render an account 
of a Avell-spent Hfe. Bishop Du Bois died in the episcopal 
residence at New York, December 20, 1842, full of years 
and merits, and was laid beside his predecessor beneath 
the Cathedi'al. 





THE clergyman selected as coadjutor to tlie vener- 
able Bishop Du Bois, was one of his old pupils, 
who had, as a priest of Philadelphia, evinced not only 
theological learning, hut remarkable dialectic skill, and a 
deep knowledge of the time and country, and that fitness 
for governing men so frequently conspicuous in the Nor- 
man-Irish race, to which, like Wellington and Palmerston, 
he belonged. 

As coadjutor, bishop, and finally archbishop of New 
York, he restored the true polity of the Church, and hj 
his singular tact and skill, overcame difficulties and put 
an end to false systems that had baffled others, and 
seemed to many ineradicable. In exposing the doctrines 
of the Church, he was clear, lucid, and timely. When- 
ever any question of the day aflPected Catholic interests, 
he was outspoken, frank, decisive, and vigorous. To our 
Protestant countrymen, he was the great representative 
of Catholic thought, and his utterances, copied througli 
the press of the country, were read by men of all creeds 

and every shade of political opinion. 


What Cfitholicity in New York owes to " Bishop 
Hughes" can hardly be estimated. He taught his flock 
that the best road to secure the respect of their non- 
Cathohc countrymen was to be sincerely and frankly con- 
sistent, practical Catholics; and as American citizens, to 
assert their claim to all rights conferred on them by the 
Constitution, while showing that they were worthy to ex- 
ercise them. 

John Hughes, bom at Annalogan, in the County 
Tyrone, Ireland, June 24th, 1707, had from boyhood 
longed and prayed to God to be allowed to become a 
priest. There seemed no answer to the prayer, for his 
brief terms at a grammar school, where he made rapid 
progress in English studies, were interrupted and broken 
off by the necessity for his helping hand on liis father's 
farm. His father's emigration to America, followed by 
liis own in 1817, opened a brighter prosjiect to the young 
man. The enticements of independence in the New 
World did not lure liim from his choice of the sanctuary. 
As soon as he became aware of the character of Mount 
St. Mary's, he applied for admission, ready to enter on 
any terms, or undertake any position, so that he was 
allowed to study for the priesthood. There was no posi- 
tion open but that of gardener. With characteristic en- 
ergy, he did not hesitate a moment, and began his 
course of Latin privately amid his plants and floAvers. 

There was no mistaking his vocation. Dr. Brute en- 


rolled him among the regular scholars, though young 
Hughes stoutly held to his agreement hy retaining the 
superintendence of the garden. He rapidly passed over 
the usual classical and mathematical course, to tind in 
philosoph}' and theolog}' his real element. As teacher 
and j^refect, he showed coolness, ability, and discretion ; 
making himself master of the dispositions and capacity of 
those committed to his charge. 

Even before his ordination, he evinced his skill in 
controversy by an able answer, in the Catholic Miscel- 
lamj to an attack on the CHiurch. He was ordained at 
Philadelphia, in St. Joseph's, the oldest Catholic Church, 
October 15, 182G, and then spent some time with the 
Rev. Dr. Hurley, an Augustiuian, who had already taken a 
deep interest in the young priest. After a brief pas- 
torate in Bedford, he was called by Bishop Conwell to St. 
Joseph's, Philadelphia, and was for a time at St. Mary's, 
during the sad days wliich befell that Chm-ch. His elo- 
quence won him a host of admirers, and his judgment 
and prudence secm-ed him the support of all. One of 
his projects was a Catholic Tract Society, for which he 
wrote the extremely jjopular work, " Andrew Dunn." 
He founded St. John's Asylum for Orphans, and was ever 
ready to meet attacks on religion with his clear and 
logical answers. 

He attended, in 1829, the first Provincial Council 
held in this country, being theologian to the Administra- 




tor of Pliiladelj)liia, while Bishop Conwell, at Rome, lU'ged 
liis name as one fitted to become liis coadjutor. He 
erected St. John's Chmx'h, in Philadeljihia, which was 
dedicated in 1832, and soon after engaged in a written and 
afterwards in an oral controversy with the Rev. John Breck- 
enridge, dien considered the ablest advocate of the Cal- 
vdnist denomination in the United States. The consummate 
ability of Rev. Mr. Hughes, in presenting the Catholic 
argument, with telling force, was felt by all, and by no 
one more deeply than the Rev. Mr. Breckenridge, who, 
of course, claimed the victory, but who found that he 
had lost all his prestige. 

On the recommendation of the Baltimore Council of 
1837, the Rev. Mr. Hughes was selected as the coadjutor 
to the venerable Bishop Du Bois of New York. On the 
26th of November he was consecrated, in St. Patrick's 
Cathedral, New York, Bishop of Basileopolis, m x}artibus 
hifidcUum, by Bishop Du Bois, assisted by Bishop Fen- 
wick of Boston and Bishop Kenrick t)f Philadelphia. The 
care of the diocese soon devolved upon him, by the ill- 
ness of the venerable Bishop, and he at once appeared 
before the Catholic body as their leader. 

The best element in the Church at once rallied around 
liim ; the rest were soon conscious that anv struffSfle 
would be too unequal. He found the churches in the 
diocese ill administered in their temporalities and loaded 
with debt. By various means he labored to rescue them 


fi'om (lanrrer, and by a sounder system place them in a 
healthy and prosperous condition. 

Education was ever dear to him. A college begun 
by Bishop Du Bois, at Nyack, was destroyed by fire soon 
after its opening, and difficulties had prevented any new 
attempt ; but, in 1839, Bishop Hughes secm-ed a fine 
property at Fordham, and established St. John's College, 
which has continued to this day to be the leading Catho- 
lic Universit}' of the State. 

During a voyage to Europe, in wHch he secm-ed 
aid for liis diocese in many forms, he obtained also 
several Ladies of the Sacred Heart, in order to found 
an academy of the highest grade for young ladies ; and 
their institution, originally at Astoria, but for many years 
back at i\Ianhattanville, has long enjoyed the highest 
reputation among Protestants as well as Catholics. 

Dm'ing liis absence, an attempt was made by the 
Very Rev. Dr. Power, and other clergymen, to recover 
for the Catholic parochial schools the proportion of the 
education money which had for many years been allowed 
to them. The school question was before the pubhc 
when he returned. Before a committee of the Common 
Coimcil, he, by a most brilliant argument, maintained 
the justice of the Catholic claim, against great lawyers 
retained by the Public School Society, and distinguished 
clergymen of the ]\Iethodist, Presbyterian, and Dutch Re- 
formed bodies. The Common Coimcil rejected the petition 


of the Catholics, really without consideration of the merits 
of the question. 

An appeal to the Legislatiu'e led to a less prejudiced 
system than had liitherto ruled New York City. The 
great defect of the new system was that it excluded all 
i-eligion from the public schools. But much was gained 
in regard to the school-books and the teaching. What- 
ever may be the errors of individuals, a Catholic child 
cannot legally be compelled to learn, as a school-lesson, 
an insult to his religion, or anything contrary to its 
teachings. But this point was not gained without an 
event unparalleled in our history. The candidates of the 
two political parties then dividing the countiy pledged 
themselves, if elected, to oppose the Catholic claim. The 
Catholics, who met at Carroll Hall to agitate the ques- 
tion, had no alternative except to put forward candidates 
of their own. The Bishop's action drew upon him the 
coarsest vituperation and abuse. But the Catholic ticket 
polled so large a vote as to show party leaders that 
Catholic citizens were not blind tools in their hands, but 
men who knew their rights. 

In 1841 Bishop Hughes convened the first Diocesan 
Synod of New York, and established many wise rales 
which bore abundant fruit for the good of souls. 

Emigration and the natm-al growth of the Catholic 
body had constantly swelled the number of the faithful ; 
churches were springing up in all parts of the diocese. 


and there was an urgent demand f(ir priests. Finding 
the burden too great, Ijishop Hughes obtained a coad- 
jutor in the person of tlie Rt. Rev. Jolui jMcCloskey. 
Tliat tlie native American agitation and outbreak of 1844 
did not injure New York, was due mainly to the de- 
termined character of the Bisliop and the manHness of 
his flock. 

When the pubUc mind had I'egained its usual sanity, 
he pursued his plan of increasing the efficiency of the 
Catholic schools. He obtained several Fathers of the 
Society of Jesus, in 1846, and endeavored to secure a 
Commmiity of Brothers devoted to teaching. 

Finding that, even with a coadjutor, it ^\-as impos- 
sible to meet the wants of his diocese, he solicited from 
the Sixth Provincial Council of Baltimore, which he at- 
tended, a division of liis diocese. The Holy See, at the 
request of the assembled Fathers, accordingly established 
the Sees of Albany and Buffalo. 

War was then raging with Mexico, and Government 
offered to Bishop Hughes a diplomatic appointment, in 
the hope of restoring peace ; but as the position would 
have been an anomalous one, and not likely to be pro- 
ductive of good, it was declined. 

He reorganized the Sisters of Charity in his diocese, 
who then separated from the Emmittsbm'g Community ; 
and they have since prospered in a way to justify the 
wisdom of the regulations he inspired. 


The Provincial Council held at Baltimore in 1849 
recommended the elevation of New York to a Metropol- 
itan See, and on the 3d of October, 1850, Pope Pius 
IX., by a brief, advanced Dr. Hughes to the dignity of 
an archbishop. The step was follo^ved by the establish- 
ment of the dioceses of Brooklyn and Newark, leav- 
ing to the Archbishop the City of New York and the 
counties on the Hudson. Under his care, now confined 
to these, religion made rapid progress. New York be- 
held a Provincial Council of the Chm-ch assemble in its 
venerable cathedi-al ; an Ai'chbishop surrounded by seven 
suffragans. The proceedings were, in their magnificence, 
a striking proof of what had been accomplished dm-ing 
his episcopate. 

Archbishop Hughes was one of the Fathers Avho 
stood aroimd the immortal Pope Pius IX. when he de- 
fined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, December 
8, 1854. He was deeply impressed by that grand gath- 
ering of the Catholic episcopate, and on his return, by 
his eloquent portrayal of the dogma and its definition, 
as well as the universal testimony to the belief of the 
world, aroused anew the piety of the Catholics of New 

The old Protestant alarm was excited. The Catholic 
Church was increasing too fast. Erastus Brooks opened 
the attack, and though the Archbishop exposed the fallacy 
of his statements and arguments, the Legislature passed 


an act — unconstitutional, of coui'se — by virtue of wliicli, 
in more than one case, property bought by the iVrch- 
bishop at a judicial sale, and paid for by him, would 
be given back without any consideration to the very 
parties whose interest had been sold by order of a court 
of law. The absurd act ^vas soon repealed, as may well 
be imagined. 

Ai'chbishop Hughes sought to resign his liigh office 
and spend the rest of his days in retu-ement ; but the 
Pope waraily dissuaded him from such a step, and he 
bore the bm-den to the end. He had long felt that 
New York shoiild possess a cathedral worthy of the faith, 
and of the great city. Providentially, the trustees of St. 
Patrick's Cathedral possessed a block of groimd sold by 
the Corporation of New York nearly a centm-y ago, and 
more than fifty years since, occupied for a time by a 
Catholic college. The street on which it fronted — Fifth 
Avenue — had become the most desii-able one in New York. 
On this he resolved to commence a cathedi-al so grand 
that the plans called for three-f{uarters of a million of dol- 
lars. He laid the comer-stone in 1858, with great pomp, 
and adopted the plans di-awn up by Mr. Ren^ick for 
the edifice. He aroused the zeal of the wealthier Cath- 
olics to carry on so noble a work, and contributions 
came freely in, till the outbreak of the ci^-il war para- 
lyzed the coimtry. 

Tlie new Cathedi-al, however, did not di-aw from 


other and necessary claims. Religion and charity were 
never more earnestly attended to, and in the trials which 
began to gather around the Holy Father, the voice and 
exertions of" Archbishop Hughes were prompt and decisive. 
Sympathy and material aid were alike afforded. 

The civil war induced the Govermiient at Washington 
for a second time to iu*ge on Ai-chbishop Hughes a quasi 
diplomatic mission. Tl>e existence of the country, to whose 
well-being he had given his manhood and his talents, 
was imperiled. He ^dsited Em'ope, and did much to 
cultivate a friendly feeling towards the United States. 

During his stay in Europe, he took part in the as- 
semblage of the bishops at Rome, on the occasion of the 
canonization of the Japanese martyrs. His health was, 
however, much impaired. It declined after liis return ; 
and he was unable to perform any public functions, or 
even say mass. The disease gradually prostrated him, 
and he expired on the 3d of January, 1864. 

He was eminentlv a great man. None, not even 
Bishop England, ever exercised such influence over Ms 
own countrymen, and Catholics generally throughout the 
United States ; and that influence was never exerted for 
his own aggrandizement, but unselfishly for their best 







THE Church of New York, orphaned by the death 
of the ilhistrloiis Archbishop Hughes, was now 
for the first time couiniitted, in the providence of God, 
to one born witliin the diocese — born when that diocese, 
embracing more than the whole State, had but two 
churches. His hfe may ahnost span the rise and progress 
of the Catliohc comnnniity in the Empire State. 

Born in Brooklyn, March 10, 1810, the young son 
of two emigrants from Derry Avas carried over to St. 
Peter's Church, to receive the waters of baptism ; for 
Brooklvn had then no clnu-ch and no priest to baptize 
the future cardinal. As a boy, he crossed the river in 
a row-boat on Sunday, to hear mass in St. Peter's. At 
the age of twehe he was sent to Mount St. Mar}''s, that 
hive of priests, and, after a seven years' studious course, 
was graduated. 

He returned to his widowed mother, and debated 


with his own heart the great question of a choice of 
state. The well-trained young American youth had tal- 
ents and energy to command success. The world lay 
tempting before liim ; but he resolved to devote his life 
to the service of God, and returned to Mount St. Mary's, 
where the President welcomed, as a seminarian, the grad- 
uate whom he knew so well. 

He was ordained priest in St. Patrick's Cathedi-al, New 
York, January 12, 1834, but 2:)roceeded to Rome, where 
for two years he attended the lectures at the Roman 
College. With the ecclesiastical lore thus acquired, and 
an insight into the management of the great affairs of 
the Chm-ch in its capital, winning friends among those 
then in office and among students soon to exercise high 
functions, the young American priest was a type that 
refuted the wild ideas of this country jjrevalent iu Eu- 

A tour tlu"0ugh several countries added to his expe- 
rience, and on his retm-n, in 1838, he was appointed 
pastor of St. Joseph's Chm-ch, New York. Here he be- 
came singularly beloved; and, when, in 1842, he was 
named Rector of the Theological Seminary, his congrega- 
tion felt the deepest anxiety. But they were soon to lose 
him. He was selected as coadjutor to Archbishop Hughes ; 
and when lie was consecrated, in St. Patrick's Cathedi-al, 
March 10, 1844, the venerable Dr. Power — who had him- 
self more than once administered the diocese, and was no 


liiitterer — declMrcd, in liis sermon, addressing the newly- 
consecrated l)isli()p, that, had the selection been left to the 
clergy of the diocese, they Avould have chosen hhu. 

For three years Bishop McCloskey continued to re- 
side at St. Joseph's, discharging nnich of the episcopal 
duty in regard to the general and special -sasitation of 
parishes in distant parts of the State. AVlien the Dio- 
cese of New York w^as di\'ided, he was translated to 
the See of Albany, in May, 1847. 

The oriranization of that diocese, and its harmonious 
and successful progi-ess, prove how well, for seventeen 
years, he directed it in the way of God. He found 
much to be done ; but, \inder his gentle yet persever- 
ing energy, schools, academies, asylums, and clnirches, 
sprang up in all parts. The neglected and negligent were 
gathered in; congregations, by the help of zealous priests, 
gained new fervor, and a Catholic life, subtle in its power, 
pervaded liis w^hole flock. 

On the death of Archbishop Hughes, the voice of the 
bishops of the province coincided with the wish of the 
deceased, and the desire of the clergy, expressed yeais 
before and still unchanged, although so long a time had 
passed. He returned to New York as its second arch- 
bishop. What he has accomplished is too well known 
to need detailing here at length. Under his care, the 
Catholic Protectory, fur the rescue of unfortunate childi'en 
from vice, has grown to be an immense organization, 


without an equal in the country ; as great a blessing to 
the State as it is iin honor to the Church. 

Archbishop McCloskey, as soon as peace dawned 
again on the land, resumed the work on the new Cathe- 
di'al, and has lived to see its completion. He earn- 
estly encouraged the erection of new chmxhes in his 
diocese, and especially in this city, in order to divide 
the labor which had outgrown the capacity of the paro- 
chial clergy. His learning and zeal benefited the whole 
Church in this country, by his influence in the second 
Plenary Council, held at Baltimore in 18(56, Avhere so 
much was accomplished to form a distinct code of doc- 
trine and discipline for use in the numerous dioceses 
now covering the country. 

These decrees, with those of the Councils held in 
the Province of New York, he solemnly promulgated as 
the law of his diocese, in a Synod held at New York 
in September, 1868; and special rules were laid down 
regarding the administration of the sacraments, the cele- 
bration of the Holy Sacrifice, and all that coidd lend 
dignity to the Avorship of God. Ho earnestly recom- 
mended liis clergy to arouse piety by frequent missions 
and the diffusion of good books. 

The Ai-chbishop of New York was soon called to 
more conspicuous labors. In the Council of the Vati- 
can, convened by the Sovereign Pontiff Pope Pius IX., 
on the 8th of December, 1869 — the fii-st General Council 


of the Cliurch since the close of thut hehl at Treat — 
Arclibisliop McCloske}' was a proniiiieut figure, no less 
respected for his great ecclesiastical learning, and the 
matured experience of a long episcopate, than for the 
mild and gentle firmness in upholding the truth that al- 
ways characterized him. 

Tlie seizure of Eome by Victor Emanuel made the reas- 
sembling of the Council for the time impossible, and Arch- 
bishop McCloskey was again amid his flock, guiding them, in 
his peaceful and quiet way, to the haven of eternal life. 

Tlie Catholic Chm-ch in the United States had erown 
during the pontificate of Pius IX. to magnificent propor- 
tions. Her archbishops and bishops had, in the Council 
of the Vatican, evinced learning, devotion to the Church, 
a freedom in the expression of their theological opinions, 
which attested alike their sincerity and the perfect free- 
dom of debate. It was no wonder, then, that this new- 
bora Church, with its hierarchy less than a centmy old, 
attracted the attention of the whole Catholic world. 
To manifest his regard for the Chm"ch in the United States, 
which had ever been so . grateful to him — and outspoken 
in its attachment, and liberal in his hour of need — the 
immortal Pope Pius IX. resolved to call one of the 
bishops to a place in the Sacred College. 

There was universal joy when it was known that, 
in the Consistory held March 15, 1875, the Holy Father 
had created Archbishop McCloskey a Cardinal Priest of 


the Holy Roman Church. Announcing tliis promotion in 
his joui'nal at Rome, the able and eloquent Monsignor 
Nardi wi-ote : — 

Among the prelates about to be promoted to the pm'ple, 
Pius IX. has given a new example in selecting for that honor 
an American prelate. We need not say here anything in 
praise of Mgr. McCloskey. There is no American Catholic 
who does not know him. After performing \^■ith wisdom and 
meekness his duties over the Diocese of Albany he was trans- 
ferred to New York, first as coadjutor and then as successor to 
the illustrious Archbishop Hughes, who left behind him a great 
and beavitiful memory. In the ten years which Archbishop 
McCloskey has governed this diocese — the most im])ortant in 
the United States — he has invigorated and strengthened 
Catholic institutions, has almost completed a magnificent ca- 
thedral, which will be the most beautiful in America, and has 
won for himself the esteem and the lo^'e of all. It is just, 
therefore, that such an honor should be bestowed upon him. 

But not only Archbishop McCloskey is it that the Holy 
Father thus seeks to honor In the elevation to the greatest 
dignity of the Cliurch, he intends, certainly, first and foremost, 
to reward him ; but none the less likewise to honor the great, 
generoiis, and faithful Catholics of America. 

The insignia of his high dignity were at once sent, 
and, for the first time in the history of the Chiu-ch, the 
emblems of the cardinalate were borne across the Atlantic. 

On tlie 7th of April, 1875, Comit Marefoschi, of the 
Pope's Noble Guard, in his brilliant unift)rm, presented to 
Ai-chbishop McCloskey, at liis residence in Madison Avenue, 


a letter from Ciirdinal Antonelli, aud a case containing 
the zuccetto, or sknll-cap, addressing him an elegant fe- 
licitation in Latin. The Cardinal responded, in the same 
language, and then Monsignor Roncetti, the Papal ab- 
legate, entered with his secretary. Dr. Ubaldi, and, address- 
ing his Eminence in French, congi'atulated him and the 
Catholics of America, whom the Holy Father wished to 
honor by this appointment. He asked Cardinal McCloskey 
to fix a day for the formal presentation of the berretta. 

On the 22nd of April, 1875, this ceremony took place 
in St. Patrick's Cathedi'al. The clun-ch had never before 
witnessed its equal. The sanctuary was di'aped in scarlet, 
and filled with members of the Catholic hierarchy of the 
United States ; their rich mitres and copes contrasting 
with the gay uniform of C-ount Marefoschi ; priests filled 
the nave, wliile the pews revealed persons of distinction 
in every path of life — tlie brilliant, the accomplished, the 
wealthy; those moving in the higher and more Immble 
walks of life — all animated by a feeling of respect for 
the Cardinal, and of gratitude to Pope Pius IX. 

The Cardinal was seated on his tlu'one, calm and 
gentle, as is his wont. Opposite, nlmost surrounded by 
flowers, was Archbishop Bayley of Baltimore, who, as 
holding the most ancient see with almost primatial honors, 
was to impose the ben-etta on the head of the Cardinal. 

After a Pontifical High Mass, celebrated l)y Bishop 

Loughlin of Brooklyn, Cardinal McCloskey advanced to 



the gospel side of the altar. Archbishop Bayley arose, 
and took a position in front of the altar. Dr. Ubaldi 
then received from Count Marefoschi a parchment roll, 
from which he read to the Archbishop of Baltimore his 
authority to confer the beiTetta ; foUo^ving it by the reading 
of a second roll to Cardinal McCloskey. After these official 
documents, Monsignor Roncetti addressed the Cardinal, and 
then approached Archbishoji Bayley, who had been ap- 
pointed Apostolic Delegate. After replying to the ablegate, 
the Archbishop of Baltimore addressed Cardinal McCloskey 
as follows : — 

Your Eminence — Our Holy Father the Pope has con- 
ferred upon me a great honor in appointing me Apostolic 
Delegate to give to your Eminence this mark of the eminent 
dignity to which you have been raised, and I value it the more 
because it affords me an opportunity of exjjressing publicly 
my sentiment of affection and veneration towards your per- 
son and charactei'. There were rimiors in times gone by that 
it was contemplated to bestow this honor upon certain eminent 
prelates, and especially upon yom* distinguished predecessor, 
to whom the Catholics of these United States owe so great a 
debt of gratitude. It is an honor, I may say it now, which we 
had in some manner a right to expect, on account of the number 
of Catholics and the importance of the Catholic Chm-ch in the 
United States. We had a right to exj^ect it also on account of 
the greatness of oiu* country ; the position it occupies among 
the nations of the earth, and the infliience it is to exert over the 
future destinies of the human race. It was right and proper 
also that we should have a representative among the intimate 


councilors of tlio Holy Father. There is nothing anomalous 
or contrary to the principle of our Republic that we should have 
in oiu' midst a Cardinal of the Holy Church, and we are con- 
fident that your appointment will continue to be regarded, as 
it is now regarded, a new element of strength and harmony to 
all. We congratulate your Eminence on your appointment 
to so high an office. It will increase your cares and responsi- 
bilities, but it will also inci-ease your means of usefulness as 
an honored citizen of the Republic and a faithful bishoj) of 
the Chm-ch of God, and it will give new brightness to the 
crovni of glory which God, the righteous Judge, will bestow 
upon you on that day when He will render to every one ac- 
cording to his works. 

He then took the beiTetta from the salver, and, ad- 
vancing to Cardinal McCloskey, placed it on his head. 
The new Cardinal's return of thanks to Archbishop Bayley, 
and a beautiful address to the people, followed by a Te 
Deum, closed the remarkable ceremony. 

His singular elevation made no change in the life 
or duties of the Cardinal. He soon after Agisted Rome, 
where other ceremonies of usage fctlloA\ed, and he for- 
mally took possession of the Church of Santa Maria 
sopra Minerva, of which he bears the title. 

On the death of the great Pope, Cardinal McCloskey 
was STunmoned to the Conclave, and crossed the ocean ; 
but the voice of the Sacred College had, guided by the 
Holy Ghost, selected a Sovereign Pontiff in the person 
of Pope Leo XIII. before he reached Rome. He pro- 


ceeded to the Etcriuil City to pay liomag-e to the new 
Pope, and from his hands received the Cardinal's Hat — 
the List ceremonial connected with liis appointment. 

His return to his diocese was marked by a most 
imposing reception in the Catliedi-al, on the 29th of May, 

After the chanting of the anthem, Ecce Sacerdos 
Magnus, the Vicar General, in the name of the clerg}^ of 
his diocese, read an addi-ess of congratulation most appro- 
priate in feeling and language. The Hon. John McKeon, 
in the name of the laity, then addressed his Eminence, 
and his words may well close this sketch, as the sincere 
feeling of his whole diocese: — 

YouE Eminence — To me has been assigned the gratifying 
duty of presenting to you, on behalf of the Catholic laity of 
this city and diocese, their congi'atulations on yom* safe return 
from the Eternal City. Many more worthy than myself 
might have been selected for tliis honorable position, but you 
will permit me to say none could perform it with more sincere 
affection toward yourself personally. It is difficult to express 
the deep-seated reverence and love which are entertained for 
you by the large and faithful flock committed to your pastoral 
care, and you can well understand how embarrassed any indi- 
vidual must be, as the organ of such a body, in giving 
expression to their feelings. Born in our midst, your course 
in life from childhood has been before us. It has been 
conspicuously marked with piety and zeal. You have 
discharged "with meek and quiet spirit," but with an Impress- 
ive efficiency, the functions of yom- sacred office as priest. 


bishop, archbishop, and at hist cardinal, in such manner as 
to seciu-e the affection and veneration of not only the peopU; 
of your own flock, but also the admiration and esteem of those 
who differ from you in religious faith. Clu-istian charit}' has 
been uniformly developed in all your acts. We all know that 
under your administration new temples have been erected to 
the ever-living- God, and our seminaries of learning have been 
increased in number. Homes for the rescue of the young from 
destruction, refuges for the comfort of the old and hospitals f n* 
the sick, have also been organized. In a word, numerous 
works of religion, benevolence, and mercy stand forth as monu- 
ments of yoiu" devotion to the cause of Catholicity. With 
your kind permission, they are referi'ed to solely for the pm-- 
pose of expressing to you the sincere gratitude of the people 
intrusted to yom* care for this yom* holy work. 

To Pius IX. of inunortal memory the Catholic laity of 
this diocese are indebted for having selected you as one of the 
princes of the Chm-ch. Wlien the news of the death of this 
great Pontiff reached us, the son-ow of the Catholics of your 
diocese was deep and sincere. They remembered the higli 
distinction confeiTcd upon them by his selection of yourself as 
one of his Ecclesiastical Senate — that body to whom the 
Supreme Pontiff may have recom'se for advice in the exercise 
of his holy office, and upon whose demise rests the responsi- 
bility of selecting his successor. From the earliest ages this 
sacred council has been composed of those who have attained 
a character for those qualities befitting the office. They were, 
in the language of one of the earliest of the Popes, to be dis- 
tino-uished men, their morals unimpeachable, their words 
oracles, their expressions a rule of hfe and of thought to 
others— the salt of the earth. The Council of Trent directed 


that the cardinals sliould be selected, as far as possible, from 
all nations. The result is that by this system of selection the 
great and holy office of chief of the great Clmstian Republic 
is open to the humblest as well as the most exalted of man- 
kind. Nothing could have been more touching than the 
appeal made by the present Pontiff, Leo XIIL, in his address 
to the College of Cardinals, on his election, when he told them 
that they hold in the Church the place of the Seventy of 
Israel ; and that he luimbly besought their prayers and co- 
operation in his exhausting labors. 

It was too a conclave of this Sacred College you were 
summoned to attend to elect a successor of the late Pontiff". 
While we regret that you were unable to arrive in time at the 
Vatican to give expression to your choice, we still rejoice that 
you had the happiness of being present at the installation of 
the present Pope, and heard his declaration of the deej) sense 
he felt of the solemn obligations assumed by liim, but yet with 
a spirit filled with undying faith in brighter days for the Holy 

The unanimity with Avhich the selection was made of the 
distinguished prelate who was chosen, shows that the spirit of 
the Holy Ghost directed the counsels of those on whom 
responsibility rested. 

We all are conscious that the period in which Leo XIIL 
assumes his charge is but a continuation of the perilous scenes 
tlu-ough wliich his predecessor passed. It is one fraught with 
deep anxiety ; but the present Supreme Pontiff wiU be found 
possessed of that wisdom and tnie religion which must 
advance and protect the unity and efficiency of the Catholic 
Chm-ch tlu-oughout the world. May we not hope that the day 
is not far distant when they who are disaffected toward religion 


will learn from the example of ovir own country, that the peace 
and prosperity of nations are best promoted h}' governments 
leaving the exercise of religion — the ministi-ations of its rights 
and every matter appertaining thereto — free and untrammeled 
by governmental interference 1 

For us, jonv childi'en, it is a satisfaction to know that at 
the first Consistor}' held by Leo XIII. you had the privilege 
of receiving at his hands the cardinal's hat, the emblem of the 
great dignity confen-ed on you b)' his predecessor. To you 
beloners the distinction of being the first cardinal selected for 
the American continent. It Is also consoling to the laity to 
know that you had the opportunity of informing the Holy 
Father of the prosperity and wonderful increase of the Cath- 
olic foith in the United States, to make known to lum our 
peculiar wants, and to assure him of the undying devotion and 
loyalty of the Catholics of this country to him as the spiritual 
Head of the Chm-ch. 

Once more in the name of your people we offer our hearty 
welcome on your retm-n to your home in renewed health, and 
Ave pray that yoiu* life may be spared to continue your labors, 
to enjoy the respect and love of all, and to stand forth as the 
ornament, the honor, and glor}' of the Chm"ch. 







Venerable Brethren of the Ckrgy and Beloved Brethren of the Laity : 

Wishing to . have part with our bretliren of the epis- 
copacy in the propagation of a pious and sakitary work, 
and to make you sharers in the many spiritual privi- 
leges and blessings which it brings with it, we have re- 
solved, with the Divine assistance, to dedicate our re- 
spective dioceses, together with all their churches, religious 
houses, charitable and educational institutions, collectively 
and singly, to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. And we 
have appointed accordingly, the approaching feast of the 
Immaculate Conception, the great patronal festival of the 
Church in these United States, as the day on which this 
solenm act of consecration shall take place. 

We feel sure that you will welcome this announce- 
ment with sincerest pleasure. For in the gloomy and per- 
ilous times upon which we have f;xllen, every new ray 
of light, every fresh gleam of hope, every additional 
source of strength and courage, is hailed with jo}'. Tin's 
better light and hope, this additional strength and com-- 


age, will be given to you in the efficacious and beautiful 
devotion to the Sacred Heart which it is the object of 
this act of consecration to promote. 

There is a moral darkness overspreading tlie earth. 
The light of Divine Faith, the only true light to guide 
our footsteps, has become obscured. In some places it is 
burning dimly, in others it is wholly or well-nigh ex- 
tinguished. Yet men are seen to " love the darkness 
rather than the light, for their ways are evil." They 
have risen in open revolt against God and against His 
Christ ; against the supremacy of His dominion over the 
minds and consciences of individuals and of nations. The 
most essential truths of His revelation are rejected ; the 
holiest mysteries of His religion are scoffed at and denied ; 
the very life of Clu-istianity is threatened. Irreligion, in- 
differentism, inibelief, with their attendant train of evils, 
abound on every side. As a consequence, or rather as 
a means to an end, the Church is persecuted. Her 
Supreme Pastor is held in l)ondage. Her bishops and 
priests, in certain 250'"tions of Europe, are forbidden the 
exercise of their rightfvd jurisdiction and authority over 
the members of their own flock ; some are proscribed 
and exiled ; religious comnuniities are despoiled of their 
property, driven from their homes, made subject to in- 
dignities and hardships the most cruel and unjust. Even 
the faithful laity are not spared. Although we, in our 
free and favored country, are hajjpil}' protected from 



extreme trials such as these, still, as children of the 
Church, we are members of one body in Christ; and 
when one member suffers all the members suffer with it. 
Our sympathies, therefore, go out strongly and warmly 
to oiu' struggling and afflicted brethren in other lands. 
Our prayers are for them as well as with them. All 
together we lift up our voices, saying, " How long, 
Lord, how long!" "Thy arm alone is powerful to save." 
Still we fear not, we do not despond. We "know in 
whom we have trusted." We know His promises ; we 
believe His word. " I am with you all days." " Upon 
this rock I have built My Church, and the gates of hell 
shall not prevail against it." Even now the voice of 
the same Divine ]\Iaster, ever present in His Church, is 
speaking to holy souls within her bosom words of sweet 
comfort and encouragement; telling them whither they 
shall go for help and jjrotection ; how best in the long 
protracted struggle they may obtain courage to endure 
and strength to overcome. If you hear not these words, 
you still may learn their imj)ort from a practical re- 
sponse that is given to them. Look around you, and 
what do you behold 1 Almost everywhere you see bishops 
and priests, religious men and women, holy servants of 
God, devout believers, both of high and low degree, 
coming together in pious confraternities, in associations 
of prayer, in pilgrimages; and all, as if moved by one 
common impulse, hasteniug to have recourse for succor 


and protection to the compassionate Heart of Jesus. There 
they confidently hope to find a sure asylum, a safe 
refuge from every danger. There also is the never fail- 
ing fountain of infinite love and mercy, the overflowing 
soiu'ce of every grace and blessing. Let us hasten, then, 
to this same Divine Heart, and we too " shall di'aw 
waters with joA' from the fountains of the Saviour." 

This, dear brethi-en, is the motive which prompts us 
to ordain the solemn act of consecration in which you 
are invited to take part. In order that you may do this 
the more worthily, we exhort you to prepare yourselves 
beforehand by a good confession and by a devout re- 
ception of Holy Coromunion on the great festival day 
itself, if possible. 

It is fitting also that you should join in this act as 
a public profession of your faith, especially in all the 
great mysteries of redemption, which have their most 
expressive symbol, as well as their living source and 
centre, in the Adorable Heart of the God man, the " Word 
made flesh, and dwelling among us." 

You will ofier it, besides, as an act of reparation 
for the daily outrages and insults, the sacrileges and im- 
pieties, the indifference and unbelief, which so grievously 
afflict and wound this Divine Heart, so tender and com- 
passionate, so patient, charitable, forgi\ang, notwithstanding 
the ingratitude and wickedness of man. 

But, above all, you wiW seek to consecrate your 



dwn hearts to tlie Heart of yoixr clear Sa\noiir. You will 
take His for yom* model. You will study its lessons and 
teach them to your children. " Suffer the little children 
to come to me, and forbid them not." See, then, that 
you bring them to the loving and tender Saviom* who 
wishes to press them to His heart, and have them walk 
the nearest to Him. But in vihixt way can you bring 
them to Him and keep them by His side, where they 
^vill be secure from harm ? You can only do so by 
giving or securing to them a sound Catholic education; 
b}' taking care that their faith and morals shall be 
guarded from the risks and perils to which they must 
be inevitably exposed wherever the first essential element 
of true education — that is to say, religion — is excluded 
or ignored. Remember that the interests of the soul are 
higher f;xr than the interests of the body. " Seek first 
the kingdom of God and His justice, and all things else 
will be added imto you." Watch, then, and pray both 
for yourselves and for all those intrusted to you. Pray 
for our still suffering Pontiff, for the necessities of the 
Church, for the conversion of sinners ; pray for your 
enemies as well as for your friends. Commend all to 
the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and to the Immaculate Heart 
of Mary, that so you may find help and protection 
during the days of life, pardon and mercy at the hour 
of death. 

The reverend pastors are requested to read this let- 


ter to their congregations on the two Sundays jireceding 
the 8th of December. On that day the High Mass will 
be celebrated with all due solemnity. After mass the 
sermon A\ill be preached, and then the act of consecra- 
tion, a printed formula of which is sent to you, will be 
read aloud, the people meanwhile kneeling and accom- 
panying with their hearts the words of the priest. The 
ceremony will close with the " Te Deum." Where the 
urgency of time or place requires it, the act of conse- 
cration may take place at vespers, with Benediction of 
the most Blessed Sacrament. 

The gi-ace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the charity 
of God, and the communication of the Holy Ghost, be 
with you all. Amen ! 

Given at the Archiepiscopal residence, New York, 
this 15th day of November, 1873. 

■j-JOHN, Ai-chbishop of New York. 

■f-JOHN, Bishop of Brooklyn. 

f DAVID W., Bishop of Portland. 

■f- FRANCIS PATRICK, Bishop of Hartford. 

t LOUIS, Bishop of 13urlington. 

t STEPHEN VINCENT, Bishop of Buffalo. 

fJOHN J., Bishop of Albany. 

-[■JOHN J., Bishop of Boston. 

-[-BERNARD J., Bishop of Rochester. 

t PATRICK T., Bishop of Springfield. 

•j- FRANCIS, ]5ishop of Rhesiua, Coadjutor of Albany. 



f THOMAS ¥., Bishop of Providence. 
f EDGAR H., Bishop of Ogdensburg. 
t MICHAEL A., Bishop of Newark. 




Catholic Churches 


New York City. 



THE erection of Xcav York into an EpiscoiJal See, 
and the appointment of the learned and eloqnent 
Dominican Father C'oncanen as first bishop, had been 
hailed with joy by the Catholics of New York City. The 
Catholics numbered nearly sixteen thousand, but the pre- 
carious ministry of pastors had left them often almost 
as sheep without a shepherd. They were almost desti- 
tute, in 1809, Avhen news came that the Bishop would 
soon arrive. 

Archbishop Carroll, who had hitherto been unable to 
do all he desired for this distant portion of his diocese, 
now sent two zealous Jesuit Fathers, Rev. Anthony Kohl- 
man and Rev. Benedict J. Fenwick. Laboring without 
cessation and with zeal, they soon brought the tepid Ijack 
to the practice of their religious duties, encouraged the 
pious, attended the sick promptly, cared for the poor, 
and, by constant instructions, brought all the scattered 
and disheartened flock to St. Peter's, with many a Prot- 
estant, anxious to hear Avhat the Catholic doctrine really 


Then it was at once apparent that St. Peter's was 
utterly inadequate for the wants of so large a flock. 
Father Kohlman immediately looked around for a site 
that would suit for a new Catholic church, intended for 
futui'e as well as present wants, and especially for a cathe- 
dral. Canal Street was then the utmost limit of the city. 
Before you reached it you came to fields, and beyond it 
all was country, with scattered houses, country seats of 
gentlemen, and the humbler houses of small farmers. Two 
great roads ran up the island — Broadway and the Bowery 
road — which led up to the Stuyvesant Bouwerie. At a 
point about eqiially distant from these two main thorough- 
fares, and hence easy of approach. Father Kohlman secm-ed 
a site for a church. Between it and the lower part of 
the city was the Collect, a large pond of fresh water, dis- 
charging its contents by two outlets — into the North River 
by Canal Street, and into the East River near Roosevelt 
Street. Around the site of the new chui-ch were clumps 
of woodland, grassy hills and meadows. Streets were 
projected on paper, that misled the builders ; for the edi- 
fice is not parallel to the streets that were actually 
laid out by the authorities. 

At the suggestion of Ai'chbishop Carroll, this new 
church was to bear the name of the hol}^ apostle of Ire- 
land. So large a part of the Catholic body that had 
gathered at New York were of Irish origin, that the sug- 
gestion was most creditable to the patriarch of the Ameri- 


can hierarchy, and showed his veneration for that great 
apostle, and his attnchment to tlie |)riests and people of 
the faithful Isliind of Saints. 

St. Patrick is in himself eminently the pati'on of an 
opjiressed and })erseciited race. He was bom of a pious 
ftimily, that gave several members to the sanctuary ; he 
was of that nation of Britons which, imder the repeated 
attacks of pagan nations — Picts, Saxons, and Angles — had 
been di-iven from the fertile lands where they lived in 
civilized and C'liristian happiness, and had been forced to 
seek a refuge in the mountains of Wales and Cornwall, 
or on the shores of Gaul. So utter was the breaking up 
of the nation that, though St. Patrick names his native 
place, disputes have arisen as to its location; but it would 
seem to be among the Britons on the Continent, as all 
his kindi-ed were there, his ties were there : thence he 
was carried off a prisoner, and thither he retimied to 
devote himself to God. 

A predatory fleet of Irish vessels swept the shore of 
Gaul with fire and sword, carrying off captives and plun- 
der, and leav-ing ashes and blood. Patrick, wliile a mere 
youth, was thus earned away by the pirates while at a 
villa of his father. The Irish little knew the blessing they 
were bearing to their shores. Despised for his faith and 
his race, as his conquerors' descendants were to be, the 
young man felt that God had visited him for his own 
good. His faitli grew stronger ; his prayer was constant ; 


and he soiight escape only when he beheved it to be the 
will of God. 

In his own land he devoted himself to the service 
of Heaven. In the solitude of Lerins he acquired a fund 
of sacred learning that caused WTiters of early ages to 
speak ()f him with respect. But he felt called to con- 
vert the race among whom he had, in God's providence, 
been thrown, and in Avhom, amid all the fai;lts which 
paganism nourished, he discerned the traits of character 
which, guided by the gospel, would make it a nation of 

Full of this thought he accompanied St. Germanus of 
Auxerre to Britain to combat heresy, and sa^v Palladius 
depart to attemjit the mission to which he longed to de- 
vote Ills life. When that holy bishop failed, Patrick was 
himself consecrated bishop and sent by Pope Celestine. 

He was the instrument chosen by God by whom 
Ireland became Christian. Paganism yielded without excit- 
ing a single persecution, or reddening the soil with the 
blood of a martyr. In other hinds the roll of saints 
begins Avith martyrs; in Ireland alone, with confessors. 
Her martyrs are of a far later date. 

He implanted the fiiitli firmly. It struck deep and 
Angorous roots. No heresy ever rose in Ireland. None 
ever gained. AVhen the English Government used all its 
force to implant the Protestant heresy there, they failed ; 
they could neither compel nor seduce. They could exter- 


minate indeed, and fill up wasted provinces with Protest- 
ants from England, Scotland, France, Germany, and even 
New England ; but In a few years the Catholic element 
wovild preponderate and all others dwindle. Catholicity 
alone can thrive on the Island of St. Patrick. 

Many leading C'athollcs entered warmly into the pro- 
ject of a church in honor of this great saint on our 
Island of ]\Ianhattan. A subscription was opened to pay 
for the ground and commence the necessary work. The 
Hon. Andi'ew Morris, a wealthy chandler, Cornelius Heeny, 
for years a benefactor of the Church, and Matthe\\' Reed, 
led the subscriptions with g-enerous donations. On the 
8th of June, 1809, the Very Kev. Mr. Kohlman, as Vicar 
Greneral of the diocese, with his assistant, and the board 
of trustees of St, Peter's Church, walked in solenui pro- 
cession to the ground. Father Kohlman addressed the 
assembled Catholics, congratulating them on their faith 
and corn-age, and reminding them of the sacred debt so 
many owed to the holy apostle whose name the church 
was to bear, and In which they might soon hope to see 
a bishop presiding. The corner-stone was then laid Avith 
all the ceremonies of the Roman ritual. 

But the work went slowly on. The bishop whose 
presence was to give life to the undertaking died at 
Naples, unable to reach his flock. The wars which had 
so long desolated Europe Avere felt beyond the Atlantic, 
and the United States became involved In hostilities A\Ith 


Great Britain. This, of course, checked emigration to our 
shores and produced distress in all parts of the country. 
It was not till the year 1815 that St. Patrick's was ready 
for divine ser^dce, nor was it then completed. Tlu'ough 
all this time no bishop had reached the Catholics of New 
York. One had been appointed, but as liis aiTival could 
not be certainly expected, the Bishop of Boston, the loved 
and revered Doctor John Chevei'us, was recpiested to dedi- 
cate the new cathedral, the venerable iVi-chbishop of Balti- 
more having been unable to accept the invitation of the 
Catholics of New York'. 

On the 4th of May, 181.5, the feast of the Ascension 
of om' Lord, a procession moved to the edifice, the Mayor 
and Common Council and the trustees of St. Peter's Church 
taking part in the ceremony. With the Bishop of Boston 
were the priests of St. Peter's, Rev. Benedict J. Fenwick 
and two assistants, with Father Maleve and the Rev. Mr. 
Pasquiet. It was the finest chvu'ch edifice yet opened 
to Catholic worship in the United States, and was dedi- 
cated with impressive ceremonies, the most imposing yet 
witnessed in New York. 

Ground was secured near the Cathedi-al for a ceme- 
tery, and the new Bishop, Dr. Connoll}', on arriving, 
found the church wants of his flock provided for to an 
extent unequaled elsewhere in the United States. 

In a letter to Ai-chbishop Carroll, Dr. Cheverus refers 
to an account which appeared in the New York Gazette. 


It is worth citing, to show how the church was regarded 
in that day, wlien New Yoi'k had just erected a City 
Hall, and old Trinity Church was one of the most pre- 
tentious buildings of the place. It will increase oiu* respect 
for the Catholics of that da}-, who had the courage to 
undertake and the liberality and perseverance to complete 
a church so much in advance of those erected by far 
wealthier denominations. 

" The new Catholic Cathe(h-al in this city, which was 
begun in the year 1809, and lately so far completed as 
to be fit for divine service, Avas last Thursday (Ascen- 
sion Bay) solemnly dedicated to God, under the name of 
St. Patrick, by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Che-\'erus, Bishop of 

" This grand and beautiful church, which ma}^ ji^i^tly 
be considered one of the greatest ornaments of our city, 
and inferior in point of elegance to none in the United 
States, is built in the Gotliic style, and execiited agree- 
ably to the design of Mr. Joseph Fr. Mangin, the cele- 
brated architect of New York. It is one hundred and 
twenty feet long, eighty feet Avide, and between seventy- 
five and eighty feet high. The superior elegance of the 
architecture, as well as the novelty and beauty of the 
interior, had, for some months past, excited a considerable 
degree of public curiosity, and crowds of citizens of all 
denominations daily flocked to it to admire its grandeur 
and magnificence ; but on the day of its consecration the 


concourse Avas immense. I^pwai'ds f>f four thousand per- 
sons, consisting principally of the first families in New 
York, including- the members of the Corporation, the pre- 
sent (John Ferguson) and former Mayors (De Witt 
Clinton), with many other officers of distinction, were able 
to find admittaiu'e within, l)ut a far greater number, for want 
of room, Avere compelled reluctantly to remain without. 
The ceremony of the dedication, Avith the solemn service 
of High Mass Avhich followed, Avas long and impressiA'e. 
The Rt. llev. Consecrator, after the gospel of the day Avas 
sung, deliA'ered from the altar, Avith his usual spriglitly elo- 
quence, an ajjpropriate address from the Avords of the 45th 
alias 4Gth Psalm, 8th A'erse : 'I luxA-e loA-ed, () Lord, the 
Ijeauty of thy house and the place Avhere th}' glory dwel- 
leth,' to his numerous admiring and attentiA'e audience." 

Tlie 2)raise Avas not exaggerated for Ncav York in 
1815. Thirteen years later, a guide-liook, after men- 
tioning that it AA'iis the largest religious edifice in the 
city, says it is built " of stone, in massiA-e style, the 
Avails being seA'eral feet in thickness, the roof rising in 
a sharp angle to a height of more than a hundred feet, 
and forming, Avith tlie toAver, a most conspicuous object 
in approaching the city fi-om the east. The front of the 
building is faced Avith hewn In-oAvn stone ; and seA'eral 
niches are left open for statues tliat are to be placed. 
When completed it Avill be the most impressive-looking 
edifice in the citA^" 


The erection of so noble an edifice liad a most bene- 
ficial effect. Catholics were raised in j)ublic esteem. A 
community which could concei^'e and caiTy out such pro- 
jects was one entitled to respect. 

The pews were ofi^ered for sale on the 15th of May. 
(Seventy-seven out of one hundred and ninety-five were 
sold, and j^i'oduced $37,500 ; one being purchased by the 
writer's family. Sevei-al of the pews, esteemed from their 
proximity to the altar and pulpit, brought a thousand 
dollars each. 

When Bishoji Cirtnnolly finally reached New York, 
in the ship Sally, November 24th, 1815, after a stormy 
passage of sixty days — a severe trial for one nearly sev- 
enty — he could at least feel proud of his Cathedral, the 
finest church in the city, and the finest Catholic church 
in the country. Thence for more than sixty years it was 
the scene of all the great episcopal acts of the diocese 
and the Province of New York. Here priests have been 
ordained to the ser^^ce of God, bishops consecrated, the 
pallium conferred, synods held for the diocese, provincial 
councils, and finally, the berretta of a cardinal presented 
to the archbishop. 

Before the close of the year 1815, St. Patrick's Ca- 
tliedi-al witnessed the ordination of a j^riest. Bishop Con- 
nolly having raised to sacerdotal orders the Rev. Michael 
O'Gorman, who had accompanied liim from Ireland, and 


who stands as the first of the long hne of j^riests or- 
dained within the venerated walls of old St. Patrick's. 

The C*athedral was at first luider the trustees of St. 
Peter's Church; but in April, 1817, the Legislature passed 
an act incorjjorating ihe trustees of St. Patrick's Cathedral, 
the Bishop Ijeing- the president of the board. 

Soon after Bishop Connolly was installed, a charitj- 
school, as it was then called, was opened in the base- 
ment towards Mott Street, where it was continued for 
some years, initil a brick building was erected especially 
adapted for a parochial school. It was supported by a 
collection made in the con^reefation and bv a share of 
the State School Fund, then divided between the schools 
directed by the different churches and those established 
by the Public School Society, an organization intended to 
care for those who belonged to no chm'ch. 

The care of the orphans was another need. A small 
frame building on Prince Street was secured, in which 
thi-ee Sisters of Charity, in June, 1817, began their noble 
work in New York. To support this charity, " Tlie New 
York Roman Catholic Benevolent Society" was formed, by 
a few zealous gentlemen, in April, 1816. The famous 
singer, Madame Malibran, gave a concert in aid of the 
good work ; members flocked in, and the Society was 
duly incorporated by the Legislatm-e in 1817. It is the 
oldest Catholic organization of the kind in the State, and 


may look back with pride on its more tluiu .sixt}' years 
of service for tlie orphan. 

The modest frame structure was soon found to be inad- 
equate. The g-round on Prince Street was secm-ed, and tlie 
central part of the present brick edifice was commenced. 

The Cathedral had cost about ninety thousand dol- 
lars, and in 1824 there remained a debt of fift}'-three 
thousand, sadly cripj^ling the Catholic body, whose con- 
tributions went to pay interest instead of meeting the. 
wants of religion and charity. Bishop Connolly resolved 
to make an effort to relieve the Cathedi'al from the 
heavy biu'deu, and called meetings of Catholics to devise 
a general system of collection, and a2:)peal to the more 
wealthy citizens for aid. The matter was taken np in a 
way that showed the love of the people for their bishop; 
and so much of the debt was paid that Bishop Du Bois, 
in 1830, could announce that it was reduced to twent}- 
fom* thousand dollars. 

The want of a more extensive cemetery was already 
felt. The ground around St. Peter's was very contracted, 
and the plot originally 2^^u-chased for St. Patrick's was 
not very large. Additional ground was acquired in 1824, 
so as to extend to Prince Street, from Mott to Mulberry. 
This new portion was solemnly blessed by Bishop Con- 
nolly in August, 1824, assisted by the Rev. Mr. O'Gorman 
and the Rev. Mr. Sluuiahan. The imposing ceremonies 
were recorded at lengtli in the papers of the day. 


At vespers the Rev. Mr. O'Grorman delivered a seraion 
in Ii'ish in the Cathedi'al, and made a powerful appeal to 
his hearers, which resulted in a collection of four hun- 
dred and fifty dollars towards the payment of the cost 
of the new ground. 

But before long the eloquent priest, New York's first 
ordained, was laid out in his sacerdotal robes before the 
altar where he had received his mission and so often min- 
istered. Within a week, in November, 1824, another of 
his clergy Avas stricken doMii, and the venerable Bishop 
Connolly was left almost alone at the Cathedral ; Ijut 
though he had himself, at the Rev. Mr. (I'Gorman's fune- 
ral, contracted a fatal disease, he continued his duties as 
bishop, and his labors as parish priest through the winter 
of 1824. 

But in February, 1825, St. Patrick's Cathedi-al, hushed 
with awe, received within its walls the lifeless body of 
its venerated bishop, wliich had lain in state in St. Peter's, 
and, after a solemn requiem, was conveyed to his Cathe- 
dral church, and deposited near the altar, on the 9th of 
February, 1825. 

The Cathedral, however, put on its robes of glad- 
ness when, in November, 1826, Bishop Du Bois, who 
had been consecrated in Baltimore, entered it. " On the 
feast of All Saints I took possession of my see," he 
wi'ote. "With what an impression was not my heart pen- 
etrated at the sight of the immense crowd aaIucIi filled 


the Catliecli-al ! I estimate the number of tlio faithful 
present at more than four thousand. They were only the 
representatives of more than 150,000 others who were 
not present." 

The new Orphan Asylum was opened in the same 
month, and ere long tlie parisli school-house ex-ected; but 
Bishop Du Bois was unable to secm-e for the boys a 
Community of Brothers, who should do the same good 
among them that the Sisters of Charity now did among 
the girls of St. Patrick's j^arish. 

In December, 1833, the trustees of St. Patrick's Cathe- 
dral, finding that the cemetery was insufficient for the 
wants of the Catholic popidation of New York, espe- 
cially after the experience of the cholera season, purchased, 
with the Ijishop's consent, a block of ground on First 
Avenue and Eleventh Street. 

During the anti-Cathalic excitement of 1836, a mob 
which had collected in the lower part of the city re- 
solved to attack the Cathedral. There was loud talking 
and deep threats ; but time was wasted, and the faithful 
had timely notice. The authorities were warned, but the 
congregation, depending on their own good hearts and 
stout arms, rather than on the vmcertain and often inef- 
fectual efforts of public magistrates, prepared to defend 
the Cathedral. The cemetery had just been inclosed h\ 
a brick wall. In this, at proper height, loopholes for 
musketry were made, and men belonging to the militia 


companies, accustomed to handle arms, \\'ere di-awn up 
within. Along' Prince Sti'eet, where the approach of the 
mob was expected, the cobble-stone pavement was torn 
up and taken in baskets to the Avindows of the houses, 
which had also a few muskets. In this guise they 
awaited the attack. 

The mob advanced up the Bowery in a compact 
mass, full of the spirit of destruction and religious hate, 
but as they neared Prince Sti'eet, a storekeeper Avent out 
and counseled the leaders to adopt some military pre- 
cautions. By their ad^ace, a small scouting party was 
sent forward to reconnoitre. The appearance of Prince 
Street, the fortress-like look of the brick wall, the mili- 
tary attitude of bodies of men, were a sight for which 
they were not prepared. They came to plunder and 
destroy. They had no idea of fighting men like men. 
Completely crestfallen, they hastened back to the main 
body, as if fleeing for their lives. A panic spread, and 
the mob melted away. 

As the attack might be renewed, the guard was 
kept up during the night at the Cathedral, which became 
the centre of a kind of God's camp of defense ; but the 
impression was produced, and no subsequent attempt was 
made on the Cathedral, even in 1844 or 1855. 

By this time a house on Mulberry Sti-eet, opposite 
the Cathedral, had been purchased for the residence of 
the bishop, who had previously lived at some distance. 



No bishop had been consecrated in the Cathedral 
till the appointment of the Rev. John Hnghe.s as co- 
adjutor to Dr. Du Bois. He was consecrated in St. Pat- 
rick's Cathedral, January 7, 1838. Every preparation was 
made to render the ceremony imposing. Ecclesiastical vest- 
ments were obtained from other parts, and the clergy of 
the diocese attended in numbers. As the church could not 
hold all who woidd undoubtedly desire to witness the 
ceremony, platforms were erected outside at the windows, 
to accommodate the faithful. 

The ne^^dy appointed was consecrated Bishop of Basi- 
leopolis in partibus infidel'mm, by the venerable Bishop 
Du Bois, assisted, as required by the canons, by t^^'o 
bishops, the Right Rev. Francis Patrick Konrick, Bishop 
of Philadelphia, and the Right Rev. Benedict Fenwick, 
of Boston, who had, in the early days of his priesthood, 
labored so devotedly in New York, and especially in the 
erection of the Cathedi-al itself 

A few years after, an improvement in the Cathedral, 
projected by Bishop Du Bois, soon after his installation, 
was carried out. The Cathedral was extended in that }'ear, 
1838, to Mott Street, and a convenient sacristy made. 
This allowed room for a much finer sanctuarv, which was 
a beautiful Gothic work, and the rest of the church was 
made lighter to correspond Avith it. The heavy, massive 
columns, which gave a somber air to the nave, were re- 
duced without loss of strength, and incased so as to be 



liighly ornauieiital. This iiii])r()venient, wlucli was singu- 
larly effective, was comjileted in 1842 ; and on the feast 
of the patroii saint of th(i Cathedi'al, this addition was 
blessed hy the liisliop, with the usual ceremonial. 

On Sunday, the 28th of August, 1S42, the Cathedral 
witnessed tlie convocation of the first synod ever held in 
the diocese. The Holy Sacrifice was offered by Bishop 
Hughes, then administrator of the diocese, and a sermon 
was delivered by the Rev. John ^VIcElrov, whose life we 
have seen extended almost to a hundred years. Bishop 
Hughes jjresided in the syn( xl ; the promoters were the 
Very Rev. Drs. Power and Varela. Sixtv-four other priests 
formed tliis most imjjosing gathering of the clergy yet seen. 
Among them were some who fill a place in the history 
of the Chm'ch — Rev. John McCloskey, who Avas to become 
a cardinal ; Rev. 1). AV. Bacon, to be Bishop of Portland ; 
Rev. A. Byrne, Bishop of Little Rock ; Rev. J. J. Conroy, 
Bishop of Albany ; Rev. J. Loiighlin, Bishop of Brook- 
lyn ; Rev. Bernard O'Reilly, Bishop of Hartford ; Rev. 
William Quarter, Bishop of Chicago ; the Rev. John Har- 
ley, President of St. John's College ; the Rev. Ambrose 

During the next decade the Cathedi-al witnessed the 
consecration of many bishops. On the 10th of March, 
1844, Bishop Hughes, assisted by Bishops Fenwick of 
Boston and Whelan of Richmond, consecrated the Rt. 
Rev. John McCloskey, Bishop of Axiern and Coadjutor 


of New York ; Rt. Rev. William Quarter, Bishop of Chi- 
cago, and Rt. Rev. Andrew Byrne, Bishop of Little Rock. 
On the 17th of October, 1847, assisted by Bishop Walsh 
of Halifax and Bishop McCloskey of Albany, he con- 
secrated Rt. Rev. John Timon, Bishop of Buffalo. On 
the 30th of October, 1853, ]\Ionsignor Gaetano Bedini, 
Archbishop of Thebes, and subsequently Cardinal, conse- 
crated in the same sanctuary the Rt. Rev. James R. 
Bayley, Bishop of Newark, Rt. Rev, John Loughlin, 
Bishop of Brooklyn, and Rt. Rev. Louis de Goesbriand, 
Bishop of Biu'lington. 

The See of New York Avas meanwhile made a Metro- 
politan. In October, 1850, Bishop Hughes announced his 
promotion to the congregation of St. Patrick's, and pre- 
pared to go to Rome to be invested with the palliiun. 
He also made known a project whicli had for some time 
occupied his mind, the ei'ection of a new cathedral, on 
the groiuid in Fifth Avenue which they had long owned. 
Meanwhile nothing was omitted to render the services of 
the chiu'ch more imposing in the ohl Cathedral. Among 
other improvements, a fine new organ, T)v Erben, twenty- 
eiffht feet wide and fortv-seven feet high — at the time one 
of the largest in the city — was erected early in 1852. 

St. Patrick's had now become a ]\retropolitan church, 
and soon witnessed a Provincial Council. On the 1st of 
October, 1854, the Archbishop, with the Bishops of 

Albany, Boston, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Hartford, and Newark, 



moved in procession from the episcopal residence tlnongli 
the streets to the Cathedi-al. The archie23iscoi)al cross was 
borne aloft at the head of the line, followed by acolytes 
in red cassocks, chanters in surplices, priests in the rich 
chasubles of their order, theologians, crosier bearers and 
attendants, the Archbishop and his seven bishops follow- 
ing, arrayed in mitres and copes. They moved up the 
aisle of the Cathedral and filled the chancel. Then the 
Mass of the Holy Ghost was celebrated, and the solemn 
sessions of the council began. 

Other councils and spiods have since been held 
within the venerated walls, and other bishops consecrated; 
but we need not chronicle them all. 

It would require a A'olume to sketch or even name 
the eminent Catholics who have been connected with the 
Cathedi'al, or whose lifeless forms received within its walls 
the last rites of the Clnirch, the i-equiem for the departed. 

The church, around which so many holy associa- 
tions clustered, was visited by an element more destructive 
than the hand of time. On the Gth of October, ISGG, 
a conflagration occurred on BroadwaA', in\'olving M-are- 
houses and goods of g-reat ^'alue ; the sjjarks were borne 
in every direction, lighting up the evening sky with their 
fitful glare. Suddenly the cry was raised that the roof 
of the Cathedi'al was on fire. It was at first deemed 
incredible. Yet it pro\'ed to be the fact. The ancient 
structure had, from lack of means at its com23letion, been 


covered \\itli ^\•()o(^, ami this, (Iritnl by age, offercil an 
easy pi'ey to the flames. When the destructive Llaze 
dispeHed all doubt, the clergy of the Cathedral removed 
the sacred vessels and altar plate, as well as the records, 
and all that was portable, while the faitliful, insensible to 
risk, bore to places of safety every picture or piece of 
fm'uiture that coidd be reached. The fire department, 
already struggling to suppress the conflagration on Broad- 
way, hastened to the scene ; but all the efforts proved 
iniavaillng. The A\hole roof was one mass of fire, and the 
wood-work, lighted by the falling embers, poured forth, as 
from a furnace, one vast sheet of flame ; and the morn- 
ing dawned on a scene of desolation that carried a pang 
to the heart of many a New York Catholic. The A^en- 
erable fane, around which clustered so many hallowed 
associations connected with the Church and with their 
own kindi'ed and friends, was but a mass of blackened 
walls. Altar and sanctuary -were gone ! It wna but a sad 
monument of the past. 

But the spot was too sacred to be abandoned, 
although the new Cathedi-al approached completion. The 
Archbishop and the congregation resolved to rebuild it 
at once. 

As restored, St. Patrick's Cathedi-al, though of course 
far Inferior to the new one on Fifth Avenue, is a noble 
structure. It Is Grothic, of a piu-e style. The length is 
divided by eight arches, tlie 2)Illars separating the nave 


from the aisles. The window over the altar is a grand 
one, the stained glass being of admirable design and finish. 
Of the twelve windows, that on each side nearest the 
chancel has a full-length figure, the rest being filled with 
ornaments merely. Beautiful copies of two of Raphael's 
finest paintings are on either side of the sanctuary. 

The altar is of white marble, exquisitely wrought and 
surmounted by a crucifix. The Gothic screen behind has 
in its niches fine figures of the Twelve Apostles. The 
side altars of the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph corre- 
spond harmoniously with the main altar, and, -^^ith the 
screen which advances here and runs behind them, pro- 
duce a most beautiful effect. 

In the grand ceremonials of the Church, when the 
sanctuary is lit up by a thousand candles and jets of 
gas, and crowded with the purple-robed bishops cluster- 
ing aromid the tall and amiable form of the Cardinal, 
with priests in cassock and surplice, and others in the 
more varied habits of St. Dominic and St. Francis, the 
place seems admirably fitted for the impressive ritual of 
the Church. 

On its completion it was solemnly dedicated by 
Archbishop McCloskey, on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 
1868, Bishops Loughlin of Brooklyn and Bacon of Port- 
land assisting, with a vast assemblage of secular priests 
and Fathers of the Dominican, Franciscan, Jesuit, Re- 
demptorist, and Mercy orders. 


The cemetery around St. Patrick's holds many of the 
early honored Catholic dead. Some stones Lear names 


of families still existing among- us ; of others the descend- 
ants have vanished. A son of General Moreau died 
during his father's residence in America, and was laid 
here. Here rest Thomas O'Conor, the venerable father of 
Charles O'Conor, Captain James McKeon, U. S. A., a 
hero of the war of 1S12, father of Hon. John McKeon, 
Capt. Pierre Landais, second in commanfl to Paul Jones 
in his famous battle, Stephen Jumel, John B. Lasala, and 
many other notable persons in the Catholic body, with 
not a few zealous priests. 

Beneath the church are vaidts where lie the remains 
of Bishops Connolly and Du Bois, and Archbishop Hughes, 
as well as a few other vaults belon'ging to ])rivate families. 

The site for the new St. Patrick's Cathedi-al is thus 
described by Archbishop Hughes : — 

"The block of ground on which the cathedral is to 
be built is two hundred feet on Fifth Avenue on the 
west, two hundred feet on Madison Avenue on the east, 
by four hundred and twenty feet on Fifty-first Street 
north and Fiftieth Street south." It is a spot which has 
been Catholic ground for more than sixty years. Every 
few years the story is started that the ground was given 
to the Catholics by the city. The records of the city 
show the contrary. The ground was purchased by the 
trustees of St. Peter's and St. Patrick's before a Catholic 


bishop of New York ever took possession of liis see. The 
Jesuit Fathers conducted a college for some years in a 
building still standing. 

It was originally subject to a quit rent of wheat, 
which at the time of the anti-Rent troubles, was released 
by the city on pa}"ment of a sum in gross, not as a 
favor, bxtt in pursuance of a wise policy to abolish all 
the old feudal services and burdens that existed. 

As streets were laid out, the Cathedral, which had 
acquired the whole property, exchanged gores -^^ith the 
city for mutual benefit; but not one foot of the ground 
was a gift from the city. State, or Union. 

" The building is to be three lmndre<l and twenty- 
two feet long, ninety-seven feet wide, the transept a 
hundred and seventy-two feet, the height from floor to 
ceiling at the summit of the clerestory, one hundred feet. 
There will be fourteen chapels, besides the grand altar." 

Such was the magnificent project of the great Arch- 
bishop, after adopting a i)lan from the many submitted 
to him. In June, 1858, he issued a circular which he 
addressed to one hundi-ed and fifty of the most pious, zeal- 
ous and wealthy Catholics of the city and diocese, asking 
from each one thousand dollars as a subscription to begin 
the work. He then called upon them all, and more than 
a hundred responded, giving over one hundred thousand 

Encouraged by this manifestation of the interest taken, 


and couviiicecl that tlie calls for five hundred dollars, and 
smaller amounts, which ho proposed to make in succession, 
wouhl meet as hearty a response, the Archbishop had the 
ground graded, and, on the l^tli of August, 1858, the feast 
of our Lady's Assumption, laid the corner-stone. Seven 
bishops, one hundred and thirty priests, one huntbed and 
twenty acolj'tes, in cassock and surplice, made an impos- 
ing ecclesiastical group. Tlie grand ceremonial, chanted by 
these numerous voices, proceeded amid an audience of 
not less than a hundred thousand, many of them Protes- 
tants, drawn by wonder and curiositj' to the scene. 

The work was commenced and continued down to 
the civil war, each successive call meeting the same gen- 
erous response ; but in the troubles then gathering upon 
the country, it ^vas impossible to think of ])rosecuting the 
vast undertaking. The fiiiling health of the Archbishop 
prevented his reviving it, even Avlien the prospect of peace 
restored confidence to the country. 

On his promotion to the See of New York, Arch- 
bishop McCloskey, urged by man 3", resolved to carry on 
the gi-eat work of his predecessor. It has, in 1878, nearly 
approached completion, and is the largest, and finest temple 
of God erected in this comitry, having cost more than 
two millions of dollars. Its later building expenses have 
been met by a i-egular annual subscription in each church 
in the diocese, so that it is indeed the church of chm'ches. 

The style is the decorated Gothic of the foiu-teenth 


centiuy, and somewhat resembles the great Cathedral of 
Cologne. The front is extremely beautiful,^ with tlu-ee 
richly decorated doors, simnounted by a l^eautiful rose 
windo^^- and two (rothic windows ; the two sjjires rising 
to the height of three hundred and twenty-eight feet. 
The main entrance is thirty-five feet wide and fifty-one 
feet high, and is a series of columns, with bases and fi^li- 
age caps, from which spring richly ornamented arches. The 
gable above has a row of niches for statuary. 

There are a hundred and tlu-ee windows, all of stained 
glass, set in double tiers at the sides, the lower thirty- 
two feet in height, the upper twenty-eight, producing a 
grand effect. Many of these windows were executed in 
Eiu'ope, and are of great merit in design and execution. 

The interior will be composed of the nave and its 
two side aisles, the transept forming the cross and the 
choir. The length within will be three hundred and six 
feet, the general width ninety-six feet, with chapels on each 
side, each twelve feet Avide. 

The choir and sanctuary will have a centre separated 
from aisles on either side by clustered colunms of white 
marble. The high altar is of white marble, executed in 
Italy, with a magnificent altar screen of colored marble 
columns, with marble niches and statues. 

The dedication and opening of this magnificent struc- 
ture are scenes that the Catholics of New York City look 
forward to with the deej^est mterest. 



THE rectorship of St. Patrick's Cathedral has al- 
ways been a position of importance in the 
Catholic Chiu'ch on New York Island, and has been 
filled by men of eniinence among the clergy. Not only 
as the leading church, but also as that which for years 
had the most extensive parochial district, extending at 
first far beyond the limits of the island, St. Patrick's 
had, in those to whom the bishops, and at a later date 
the archbishops, confided the spiritual care of the flock 
worshiping within its venerable walls, priests who will 
not soon be forgotten. 

For some years back the rector has also held the 
onerous dignity of Vicar General, devolving upon him as 
the chief administrative officer of the Archbishop a host 
of difficult and responsible duties in regard to the 
churches, clergy, institutions, and laity of the diocese, 
requiring no ordinary gifts and powers, as well as sound 
theological learning and vast experience. During the 
occasional seasons of the absence of the Most Reverend 
Archbishop from the diocese, made more frequent in our 



time by tlie elevation of our revered Metropolitan to 
the Sacred College of Rome, and in those sad hom-s 
when God has called from among the head of om* dio- 
cese, the administration of the whole diocese has de- 
volved on the Vicar General. 

Nor does even this include all. The Vicar General 
is, under the Ai'chbishop, Superior of many of the com- 
munities of religious women, and director of nearly all 

The selection by the Most Reverend Ai-chbishop of 
a priest for the two-fold position of Vicar General and 
rector of the Cathedi-al is, therefore, in itself, an assm*- 
ance of his conviction that the priest thus honored pos- 
sesses in an eminent degi'ee the qualities of a good 
pastor — discernment, prudence, learning, experience, and 
administrative skill. 

Tlie present rector of St. Patrick's Cathedi'al, the 
Very Rev. William Quinn, Vicar General of the diocese, 
was born in the parish of Donoughmore, in the County 
of Donegal, Ireland, in the year 1821. He was edu- 
cated in the primary studies in the schools of the Dio- 
cese of Derry, to which he belonged by birth ; and as 
he approached the years of manhood, came to the 
United States in 1841. 

It was not to seek a fortune, or acquire fame in 
any professional career, but a wish to serve God in his 
sanctuary, and labor in a field where priests were few 


and the harvest was great, that led him to cross the 

Bishop Hughes was just completing his preparations 
for establishing at Rose Hill, Fordham, a seminary to 
supply his diocese with priests, and a college to afford 
young Catholics of New York an institution where they 
could pursue a university coxu'se withotit having every 
science and branch of learning imbued with the poison 
of error. 

Almost as soon as the seminary was ready to re- 
ceive aspirants for the priesthood, and a month before 
St. John's College was opened for students, William 
Quinn entered his name as a seminarian at St. Joseph's, 
May 1, 1841. The original system was that of Mount 
St. Mary's, the faculty of the seminary directing the 
college, and seminarians aiding in the college as tutors and 
prefects. The Very Rev. Mr. Quinn was thus an inter- 
ested spectator in the opening of St. John's College, and, 
with the exception of his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey, 
is the only member of the clergy now surviving who 
was present, in any capacity, on that interesting occasion, 
so fruitful in good results to the Diocese of New York. 

After his course of study and labor in the college, 
he was raised to the priesthood by his Eminence, then 
the Right Reverend Coadjutor of Archbishop Hughes. He 
was ordained alone, in St. Patrick's Cathedi-al, on the 17th 
day of December, 1845. 



lie had already made an essay in one of the most 
difficnlt and iinpleasant duties that devolve on a priest in 
this country. When the Right Reverend Bishop HiTghes 
had made some progress in the erection of the new 
building for St. Joseph's Seminary and the Church of 
Our Lady of Mercy that adjoins it, the contributions for 
the expense decreased rapidly. An appeal was made by 
the Right Reverend Bishop, and the young seminarian 
readily undertook a torn' and collected a large amount in 
New York, Brooklyn, and other parts. 

Immediately after his ordination he was assigned to 
St. Joseph's Clnu-ch as assistant priest to the experienced 
Rev. ]\Iichael McCarron. He remained nearly four years, 
zealousl}^ doing his share in the Avork of the ministry 
in the then very large parochial district of St. Joseph's, 
under a priest who never was remiss in discharging his 
duties or could allow others to become so. 

On the 20th of September, 1849, the Very Rever- 
end Bishop appointed Rev. Mr. Quinn pastor of Rondout, 
but he remained in that parish only a brief term. At 
that moment one of the greatest diflficidties of the Bishop 
was the unfortunate position of affairs at St. Peter's 
Church. The trustee system, with inexperience and in- 
competence, had broiight that church to a state of bank- 
ruptcy that caused Avidespread distress, and filled the 
whole Catholic body with pain and shame. 

In this emergency, Bishop Hughes, on the 1st of No- 


vember, 1849, placed as pastor in 8t. Potor's tlio Rev. 
William Quinn, " then a young man," lie said at a later 
da}' ; " bnt his wisdom and prudence in administration 
had already been tested in another difficult i)osition." 

The Ijurden which the new pastor had to face was 
one of no ordinary magnitude. Beside the mortgage debt 
there Avas more than a hnndi-ed thousand dollars due, 
mainl}- in small sums to jioor people, who, regarding 
the church as a kind of savings bank, had made it 
the deposit of the little hoard they had acquired by 
years of economy. When the church difficulties began, 
payment stopped, and for five years nothing had been 
paid them of principal or interest. To relieve the church 
from disgrace and repay these deposits was the first care 
of the Rev. Mr. Quinn. Harmonizing all minds in the 
congregation, burying in oblivion all past questions and 
divisions, he inspired all with the one idea of relieving 
St. Peter's from its hea^-y burden. By constant labor, by 
steady exertions and ingenious plans, he raised sum after 
sum till he had the consolation of reducing the indebt- 
edness to seven thousand dollars. 

During this long struggle the ordinary expenses of 
the church had to be regularly met, and there were ex- 
traordinary charges of a serious natru-e. The building of 
large storehouses in the rear of the church threatened 
the gable end of St. Peter's. To save it required the 
erection of a solid stone wall twenty feet high, with iron 


pillars. The necessary work, with iron railings required 
around the church, cost twenty thousand dollars. 

In the summer of 1860 he was compelled to seek 
some relaxation from the incessant sti'ain on his whole 
faculties, and recruit his health, enfeebled by a sunstroke. 
On the advice that a short sea voyage would benefit 
him, he resolved to visit a reverend friend in Newfound- 
land, but the " Connaught," on which he sailed, was pre- 
vented by dense fogs from approaching the shore, and 
after waiting in vain for thirty-six hours, continued her 
voyage across the Atlantic. He was thus unex23ectedly 
enabled to visit liis aged mother and his kindred in Done- 
gal, to whom his sudden ajipearance was a most grati- 
fying surprise. 

The Rev. Mr. Quinn took part in the First Provin- 
cial Council of New York, held by the Most Reverend 
Archbishop Hughes in October, 1854. He was also 
present at the Second Plenary Coimcil of Baltimore, held 
by the Most Reverend Archbishop Spalding, as Delegate 
Apostolic, in October, 1866. He attended as theologian 
of the Ai'chbishop of San Francisco, and was assigned to 
the Congregation on Churches, the Maintenance and Pres- 
ervation of Ecclesiastical Property, and also on Secret 
Societies ; and was one of the deacons attending his 
Grrace at the opening- mass of the Holy Grhost, offered 
by the present Cardinal McCloskey. 

At the Second Provincial Council, held in January, 


lis GO, he was also present; and in the Third New York 
Synod, held in September, 1868, he was one of tlie 
Procm-ators of the Clergy. 

On the death of the Very Rev. William StaiTs he 
was appointed, on the 1st of May, 1873, to fill his po- 
sition as pastor of the Cathedral, and was also made 
Viear General of the diocese. The congregation of St. 
Peter's Chm-ch had, dming his years of eai-nest exertion 
for their welfare, learned to appreciate him, and heard 
AA-ith the deepest feeling that his connection with them 
was to be so soon severed. The chnrch which he fonnd 
divided, weighed down with debt and shame, was now 
milted, free from all embarrassment, and ready at last to 
turn its attention to those great parocliial works which 
were imperatively demanded. 

On the 27th of April, 1873, addressing the flock which 
he had directed for nearly twenty-four years, the Rev. Mr. 
Quinn, after alluding in an afi"ecting manner to those who 
had been prominent in the church work, but had passed 
away, and reviewing his pastoral labor, took his farewell 
of St. Peter's. 

"When his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey sailed for 
Rome, August 6, 1875, the Very Rev. Mr. Quinn became 
administrator of the diocese during the absence of the 
Archbishop, and as such exercised a supervision over the 
whole diocese till the retm-n of the Cardinal. 

He was again invested with similar powers when, 



early in 1878, on the death of the late Pope Pius IX. 
of blessed memory, his Eminence was summoned to attend 
the conclave for the election of his successor. 

Besides the onerous duties that engaged his attention 
as pastor of St. Peter's, and amid the manifold cares at- 
tendant on the positions he now fills, the Very Rev. 
Mr. Quinn has never relaxed in his active interest in one 
of the most excellent associations in the diocese — the 
Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He was one of the first 
to organize in this city an association which had accom- 
plished such a world of good in France, and is a most 
perfect model of an organization for the relief of distress. 

The Very Rev. Mr. Quinn, in his clear, practical 
good sense, saw the great merit of the organization, and 
gave himself to it heart and soul. He was for years 
the medium of correspondence between the President- 
General of the Society in Paris and the conferences in 
this country. When the Society had sufficiently developed 
here he succeeded in having a Council of Direction estab- 
lished, and formed a Superior Council for the confer- 
ences nt)W included in the circmnscription of that Coun- 
cil. It is no exaggeration to say that if the Society in its 
various branches throughout the city is the instrument 
of so much good to the less fortunate, and a soiu-ce of 
so many graces to the members, it is due in no small 
degree to the constant and urgent devotion of the Very 
Rev. William Quinn, to his unremitting attendance at all its 
meetings, and his fidelity to the duties devolving upon him. 







Acclas, Mary, Mrs. 
Ahearn, Patrick. 
Ally, William. 
Bergan, William. 
Bernard, James M. 
Boyle, Michael. 
Breslen, Ellen. 
Brogan, John C. 
Campbell, Patrick. 
Carloin, Jane. 
Carroll, John. 
Casey, ^Villianl. 
Cassidy, Mary, Mrs. 
Cogan, Maggie. 
Corr, Patrick. 
Corrigan, John. 
Cosgrove, John. 
Cunningham, James. 
Currie, William A. 
Curry, Patrick. 
Daly, Maurice. 
Dempsey, Patrick. 
Devine, Michael. 
Dinnan, Patrick. 
Doherty, John. 
Doolan, P. 
Dufify, Owen. 
Dunn, William. 
Dunne, Elizabeth. 
Dwyer, James. 
Eagleton, Patrick. 
Fahey, Patrick. 
Fanning, Edward. 
Fitzgerald, James. 
Flanagan, Edward. 
Fogarty, William. 
Fox, John. 
Geoghegan, Rich'd, Mrs. 

Gilday, Patrick. 
Gleason, John. 
Golden, Charles. 
Gottsberger, John G. 
Cough, Patrick. 
Green, John. 
Haggerty, P21izabeth,Mrs. 
Haggerty, John. 
Hanlon, Jose])h. 
Harrison, Andrew. 
Harrison, T. 
Hart, \V. T. A. 
Hayes, James. 
Hayes, Patrick. 
Hibbits, Fintan. 
Higgins, Edward. 
Houghton, Alex., Mrs. 
Keegan, Thomas. 
Keenan, John. 
Kehoe, Andrew. 
Kelly, Hugh, Mrs. 
Kelly, John. 
Lennon, P. 
Lilly, Dennis, 
Lorigan, John. 
McArdle, Owen. 
McBride, Sarah, Mrs. 
IMcCabe, James. 
McCann, Bernard J. 
McCarthy, Patrick. 
McCoUum, Patrick. 
McDonald, Henry. 
McDonough, John. 
McGill, James, Mrs. 
McGinnis, Hugh. 
McGowan John. 
McGrade, Michael. 
McGuire, Thomas. 
Barr\', Michael. Mrs. 

McKeever, Terence. 
McKeon, John. 
McLean, John. 
McNamara, Patrick. 
Marion, Peter. 
Marshall, David E., Mrs. 
ALartin, Andrew. 
Martin, John. 
Maxwell, James. 
Mills, Mary E. 
MolloV, James. 
Moore, Hugh. 
Mulligan, Daniel. 
Mulligan, Peter. 
Murphy, James. 
Murphy, James, Mrs. 
Murphy, Thomas J. 
Murphy, William. 
Newman, James. 
O'Brien, j" J. 
O'Gorman, Jnmes. 
O'Mealia, James. 
O'Neil, Francis, Mrs. 
O'Reilly, Francis. 
O'Rorke, James. 
PurceJl, John. 
Quigley, M. J. 
Quinn, J. B. 
Rafferty, Patrick. 
Reynolds, Martin. 
Roberts, William R. 
Sayrs, Henry J. 
Shields, Andrew, Mrs. 
Smith, ALargaret. 
Sullivan, Mortimer. 
Sullivan, Thomas. 
Sweney, John. 
White, Patrick M. 





IN 1873, the Archbishop of New York saw, l)y the 
overcrowded condition of the churches on the east- 
ern side of the city, and their overworked priests, that a 
new parish was needed ; Avhere some zeah)us pastor miylit 
rear a temple to God, and direct the energies of Cath- 
oHc residents, who ah-eady evinced that true spirit wliich 
has peopled our country with churches and pious in- 

After due consideration, the limits of the new parish 
were laid off, wliich was to be })laced under the patron- 
age of that holy virgin mart}T, St. Agnes. It extends 
from Madison to Third Avenue, and from Thirty-fourth 
to Forty-second Street, and from Fourtli Avenue to East 
River between Forty-second and Forty-seventh Streets. 
To minister to the Catholics of the district, and assimie 
the task and responsibilities of erecting a suitable clnircli, 
he selected the Rev. Harry Cummings Macdowall, who 
had, as assistant at St. Michael's Church, evinced cour- 
age, energy, and devotedness. He did not slu-Ink from 
the burden, although the country was suffering from 
financial distress, and a general feeling of depression 



pervaded the whole community, leaving thousands without 
employment, and disenchanting many of the wealthy, 
who discovered that their fancied riches were as unreal 
as foiry gifts. 

He explored his parish, to ascertain who Avere his 
flock, and to let them know their new pastor. Then 
he secured a lease of a hall over Croton ]\Iarket, in 
Forty-second Street, and having fitted it up as a tempo- 
rary chapel, distributed handbills around to announce the 
fact to the Catholic residents. Here, on the 13th of 
July, 1873, the sixth Sunday after Pentecost, the Holy 
Sacrifice was offered for the first time, and the parish of 
St. Agnes was organized; three masses being said on the 
opening day, and all well attended. 

"Within a few days after the settlement of the parish, 
the pastor, who, with his associate, the Rev. A. Catoggio, 
found a home with Mr. Charles Bradhm-st, was en- 
srasred in looking' for a site on which to erect the chm-ch. 
A central position is always desirable for the convenience 
of the pastor and his flock. A suitable location was 
soon found, on the north side of East Forty-third Street, 
and pm-chased on reasonable terms of the old Catholic 
Doherty family, and a pastoral residence acquired on easy 
terms from Messrs. Cochran and Saulpaugh. 

An architect of ability, Mr. L. J. O'Connor, guided 
by the views of the Rev. Mr. Macdowall, who had 
studied abroad and here the styles of architecture best 


adapted to church edifices in crowded cities, ckew up 
plans for a structure of sinyuhu- beauty. It full}- 
answered the ecclesiastical wants of the pastor, and the 
architectural judgment of the planner. The chui-ch, as 
thus aiTanged upon, was at once begun. The ground 
was cleared, the corner-stone laid, and the skillful build- 
ers, Moran and Armstrong and ]\Iichael J. Newman, 
pushed on the work so well and so vigorously that, in 
January, 1874, the first story or basement of the chm'ch 
was finished. It is remarkable for its strength of mason- 
work, with a front of solid gi-anite, inclosing a space of 
about ten thousand square feet, and being fourteen feet 

The congregation, who watched M'ith deep attention 
the progress of the edifice to which they had contrib- 
uted so liberally, saw here already a far more appro- 
jjriate chapel fur divine Avorship than the hall they had 
hitherto iised. They heard with jo}' that this basement 
was to become their chapel. On Sundav, January 11th, 
this lowly shrine was solenmly dedicated by his Grace 
Archbishop McCloskey. The procession, headed by the 
archiepiscopal cross, wath acolytes, priests, and the ven- 
erable Archbishop, moved up the aisle, and tlie ceremony 
was performed by which the place was set apart for the 
worship of God. Then High Mass was offered iip, the 
Rev. Ai'thur J. Donnelly of St. Michael's officiating, with 
the Rev. Messrs. Pratt and Farrelly as deacon and sub- 



deacon. An eloqnent sermon was preached by the Rev. 
J. L. Spaukling, on the persecutions of the Church and 
the hfe of the dear and hjvely saint in whose honor 
their chapel was ah-eady dedicated, and then- magnificent 
chm-ch would soon be. 

The holy Fathers ^ne with each other in honoring 
St. Affnes. Next almost to the Inmiaculate Mother of 
God, the Church holds up, as a special j^atroness of 
piirit)', this youthful Roman maiden, who, at the age of 
thirteen, rejected all the suitors whom her wealth and 
beauty brought to her feet, telling them that she had 
consecrated her virginity to a heavenly spouse, whom 
mortal eyes could not Ijeliold. In their disappointment 
they denounced her to the Governor as a Christian. 
How had Rome fallen, ^^'hen her sons could thus seek 
power to Avreak their vengeance on a weak girl ! But 
she was not weak. Tlu'eats, the sight of the instruments 
of torture, failed to damit her. God preserved her purity 
from insult by a miracle, but the mmicle did not touch 
the hearts of her persecutors. She was led out to die, 
and went, says the great St. Ambrose, more cheerfully 
than others go to their wedding. Life was again offered 
her; but, having offered up a short prayer, she bowed 
her neck at once to worsliip her divine spouse, and to 
receive the sword stroke that was to unite her to Him 

From her martyrdom under Diocletian, in 303, her 


fame has spread ; and our cit}' may well seek the inter- 
cession of a saint so dear to Heaven. 

A Sunday-school was begun in their first temporary 
chapel, and was renewed in Forty-third Street. Though 
small at first, it soon grew, and the instruction of the 
children has been steailily kept up. To kindle the fire 
of solid J)iety in the flock thus newly brought together, 
the pastor in^-ited the Kev. Father Glackmeyer, of the So- 
ciety of Jesus, and his associates, to give a mission in 
the temporary clnu-ch. It was attended with most bene- 
ficial results, and at its close the Sacrament of Confirma- 
tion was administered l)y Bishop Lynch of Charleston, to 
more than six hundi-ed persons. 

Another mission in the year 1875 was equally pro- 
ductive of good, as may be seen hy the fsict that on 
that occasion Bishop ]\IcNierny of Albany confirmed three 
hundi-ed, most of \\liom were adults. 

Great interest was taken in the new church, an en- 
tertaimnent at the Academy of ]\Iusic producing fom* thou- 
sand dollars. Others, given at the Union League Theatre 
and Lexington Avenue Opera House, also aided materially. 
The grand ladies' fair of November, 1874, produced nearly 
ten thousand dollars, and encouraged the zealous ladies to 
undertake a second fair. 

For a time work was suspended, l:)ut it was resumed 
in April, 1S7(!, and the church completed within a year 
from that period. It is certainly one of the most bciiutiful, 


as well as most solid ecclesiastical structiires in the city. 
The side walls are strongly buttressed on the inside, and 
the aisles are supported by stone and iron pillars of great 

The style of the cluirch is oi'namental Norman Gothic. 
The front is of Ohio stone and excellent Philadelphia brick, 
laid in cement, with stone trimmings beautifully and ela- 
borately carved. 

Short flights of steps, rising easily from the street, 
lead to the tlu-ee portals. The main entrance has been 
well described as almost a garden in stone, so beautiful 
is the scvilptured foliage around the arches, and the 
columns with their foliated capitals. The arch above the 
doorway is a perfect mass of bold carving, the vine and 
its clusters forming the chief portion. The side entrances, 
though less elaborate, are in perfect keeping, and very 

Above these is a row of low-sized Norman windows, 
sm-mounted by the great choir window, of remarkable 
beauty in all its details. The gable is crowned by a 
beautiful Celtic cross. On each side are massive towers, 
with buttresses, terminating in small stone arched windows. 
Even with the limited range a city street affords, the ex- 
terior of St. Agnes impresses all who approach it with 
a sense of beauty. 

The interior gives more scope for Catholic feeling. 
It consists of a nave, with double aisles on each side. 



and double rows of clustered columns, with floriated capi- 
tals. Those nearest the nave are sixty feet high, and from 
the floriated capitals sjjring- the ribs supporting the vaulted 
main roof. The inner roA^s of pillars, somewhat shorter, 
support arches at right angles to the former. The orna- 
mentation of the ceiling and the walls is elaborate and 
profuse, yet not overloaded. There is a fine taste in all 
the adornment, avoiding all corners or bare blank spaces. 
Tliere are galleries over the outer aisles, approached by 
broad, massive staircases. The floors of the church and 
the gallery descend gently towards the chancel, so that 
the ser\'ices at the altar can be seen equally well from 
all parts of the building. 

One feature in the church is that the wood-work is 
all carved, or fluted, and finished up without the use of 

The sanctuary is lighted by a beautiful chancel window 
in five compartments, with a circular portion above. In 
the centre St. Agnes is seen standing in her cell ; on 
the left is her jailer holding her chain, while an execu- 
tioner is preparing the stake at wdiich she is to be 
burned. (_)n the i-iglit the Roman prefect is condemning 
her to death. On either side of these, in the last com- 
partmentSj are the early martyrs, St. Januarius and St. 
Lawrence. Above are seen anijels bearino: the Palm of 
Martyrdom, the Heavenly Crown, and the Lamb, wdiich is 

the peculiar emblem of the saint. 




Over the nltur ut" Our Lady is a window represent- 
ing' the Annunciation, and over that of St. Joseph, one 
in which we behold our Lord appearing to the Blessed 
Margaret Mary Alacoque. The side windows are adorned 
with monograms, legends, and the instruments of the 

The altar rail, to which a balustrade leads v;p, is of 
polished brass work, open arches springing from pillars ; 
the side altars are separated from the main altar by 
elaborate screens of Gothic wood-work ; the communion 
rail extending across is beautifully carved walnut. 

The high altar is extremely beautiful, surmounted by 
an elaborately carved Gothic tabernacle ; above is an 
elaborate canopy under which stands a richly-wrought 
crucifix, the gift of a lady in the congregation. Above 
the canop}' is a little niche terminating in a cross. The 
background of the altar is painted to represent crimson 
silk tapestry. The side altars, the table resting on por- 
phyry pillars with rich tabernacles, and statues of Our 
Lady and St. Joseph, harmonize beautifully Avith the high 
altar. Above that of the Blessed Virgin is a Pieta, the 
figm'e of our cn;cified Lord with his IIol}' Mother and 
the two ]\Iarys. It was a gift from the late Barney 
Williams. Over that of St. Joseph is a fine painting of 
the Descent from the Cross. 

The church thus beautifid in all its attributes is so 
divided as to give the greatest possible accommodation. 


It will scat lit'tccn liuiidrcd in its symmetrical pews, and 
the cliurch caii, if necessar}', liold three thousand persons. 

Taujilit by sad accidents ^vliich have occurred of hite 
years liere and elsewhere, the solid and rich doors all 
open outwardly, and besides the tlu'ee in front there are 
several others. Provision has been made also for fire, 
hose being provided at the door and in the vestry, to 
check the progress of the destnictive element before it 
becomes beyond control. 

Such was the beautiful Church of St. Agnes, when 
prepared for its solemn dedication, May 0, 1877. The 
solemn ceremony was performed by his Eminence John, 
Cardinal McCloskey, assisted by the Very Rev. William 
Quin, V.G. ; the Rt. Rev. James L. Spalding, Bishop of 
Peoria ; the Rt. Rev. William O'Hara, Bishop of Scranton ; 
Rt. Rev. Michael Corrigan, Bishop of Newark ; Rt. Rev. 
John Loiighlin, Bishop of Brooklyn, and about one hun- 
di-ed secular and regular priests, Dominit'ans, Franciscans, 
Jesuits, and Paulists. 

The procession issued from the sacristy headed by 
the cross-bearer and acolytes, followed by the Young 
Ladies' Sodality, the long" line of pi'iests and bishops 
chanting the Litany of the Saints, and closed by the 
Cardinal in his crimson robes, attended by Rev. P. J. 
McCloskey and Rev. H. Pratt. 

The High Mass was celebrated by the Bishop of 
Scranton, and the sermon preached by the Bishop of 



Peoria, whose eloquent and instructive words were listened 
to with absorbing interest. His text was taken from the 
gospel of St. Luke, chapter 19, verse 9. 

"Great monuments," said the eloquent divine, "great 
monuments to God are built by faith, are built by the peo- 
ple, are built by those who desire to show their love for God 
by doing something. If the Catholic Church did not 
require these sacrifices, it would not be a true religion. 

" I thank God with all my heart that I live in an 
age and in a country in which it is no honor to be a 
Catholic, in which the very fact that a man is a Catho- 
lic, if he have any high aspirations, is against him. I do 
thank God witli all my heart that no man, by being a 
true Catholic, can win honor or consideration. I do thank 
God that men must show their belief by building churches, 
by being foithful, by building- all kinds of monuments of 
benevolence, Ijy all good works. But people sometimes 
grmnble when asked to assist in rearing temples to God. 
They taUi about tlie times being hard ; but of course 
they love the Church A-ery much ! 

" But since I nuist conclude, I liave no reason to re- 
proach you with this, since this very temple in which we 
are gathered would put me to the blush, did I so charge 
you. Certainly, you who have helped Father Macdowall 
to build this Church of St. Agnes have done nobly; 
and I could not, for my own part, think of a saint more 
worthy to dedicate this temple to than St. Agnes ; for 



it seems especially desirous that we should bring back 
those great saints of the martp-s' ages, because, though 
men are not now put to death or tortured for their faith, 
yet that old spirit that brought about the persecution of 
the early Clii'istians has been again revived. Men say now, 
as in the time of St. Agnes, that you cannot be loyal 
to Caesar and to God — that you cannot be a good citizen 
and a good Catholic. Do you know why those Cloiistians 
died for centuries ? They died for being true to their 
divine allegiance ; they died for the liberty to woi'ship God 
in spite of states ; they died f(ir freedom in worship. This 
is really the history of all those persecutions. The Clu-is- 
tians were persecuted because they refused to acknowledge 
the supremacy of the Empire in religion as in civil mat- 
ters; and, after tlu'ce hundi-ed years of martyrdom, they 
conquered that ci^-il liberty for all the ages. Now men 
are again talking tliis babl)le, and certainly the battle is 
being fought in the world of opinions, in the world of 
convictions. We may have to suffer again; and, therefore, 
I say, build temples to those great martyi's who suffered 
and died rather than give to Caesar the honor which be- 
longs to God only, and to His Church; who, rather than 
yield their consciences to an emperor, a parliament, or a 
congress, were willing to be outcasts from society, to go 
into banishment, willing to abide by God's good pleasiu-e." 
At the close of the mass, before the benediction, his 
Eminence addressed a few words to the conjn'eg-ation. "I 



certainly do most sincerely offer both my thanks and con- 
gratvilations to the young and devoted pastor of this Church 
of St. Agnes for the good work which he has achieved, not 
only for jon, hut for all the Catholics of this great and 
populous city of New York. But for you, members of 
St. Agnes' Chiu'ch, this is truly a most happy, and will 
ever be to you and to your children a most memorable day. 
You have, in God's providence, been enabled to build up 
here a beautiful temple to His honor and glory. You 
have offered it to Him. You have witnessed with what 
ceremonies the Holy Church, in the presence of her bishops 
and ministers, has blessed and consecrated it, and then 
offered it to Almighty God, begging Him to accept the 
offering of His loving and devoted childi-en. And He 
has accepted your offer." 

The church was thus opened for the worship of God, 
but the Association of St. Agnes, formed to create a fund 
for the building, was continued to aid in extinguishing 
all debts incurred in its completion. 

The clergy, since the organization, have been : 

Rev. H. C. Macdowall, Pastor. 

Rev. Anthony Catoggio, Assistant in 1873. 

Rev. Henry Pratt, Assistant, 1873 to the present time. 

Rev. P. J. McCloskey, Assistant, 1876. Died Decem- 
ber 2, 1877. 

Rev. A. J. Keogh, Assistant, 1877. 

Rev. William J. ]\IcClure, Assistant, 1878. 





THE Rev. Ilany Cummings Macdowall, the active 
Pastor of St. Agnes' f'hurcli, is a native of 
Washington, District of Cohimbia, and is of a family 
which has ah'eady given New York City a priest of 
mark, in the person of liis uncle, the learned and brilliant 
Dr. Jeremiah W. Cummings, so many years identified with 
St. Stephen's Church. 

The Rev. Mr. Macdowall was born in 1841, and was 
sent at an early age to that great seminary of the Ameri- 
can Church, Mount St. Mary's, Emmittsburg. After his 
course there, having devoted himself to the service of God 
in his church, he completed his divinity studies in the 
College of the Propaganda at Rome. At the conclusion 
of his studies he received minor orders, and the subdia- 
conate and diaconate, and was ordained priest on the 
13th of June, ISd?, in the basilica of St. John Lateran, 
by his Eminence Cardinal Constantine Patrizi, Bishop of 
Ostia and Velletri. 

On his return to the United States, he entered on 
the mission in the Diocese of New York, and was ap- 
pointed by the IVIost Reverend Ai-chbishop, assistant at 
St. Micliael's (^Imrcli. In that large parish he labored six 



years, winning tlie approval of liis ecclesiastical superiors 
and the attachment of the faithful among whom he min- 

When the Most Reverend Archbishop saw, in 1873, 
the necessity of establishing a new parish, he committed 
the task to the Rev. Mr. Macdowall, as one who seemed 
every way fitted to undertake and cany out, undiscour- 
aged by disheartening circumstances, the erection of the 
new chm'ch. 

The forecast of the superior has not proved falla- 
cious. The erection of a church like that of St. Agnes 
is a striking monmnent of zeal, courage, and devotedness ; 
and the continuance of the ap^jreciation of his Eminence 
is shown clearly in the encoiu'aging words before he pro- 
nounced his benediction on the day of the solemn dedi- 

Popular with all classes, he has secured in a won- 
derful degree the attachment of the flock Avhom it is his 
province to guide and direct. 



Roll of Honor. 

Ahern, Mary, Miss. 
Bolger, John. 
Byrne, John. 
Cahill, Michael. 
Campbell, Bernard. 
Carroll, Peter. 
Conners, John H. 
Conway, Frederick V. 
Cronen, John F. 
Curran, Michael R. 
Donovan, Patrick J. 
Draddy, Robert. 
Duane, John. 
Duffy, Mary F. 
Eagan, John J. 
Eagan, Thomas F. 
Fogarty, William. 

Ford, Thomas. 
Gavin, Mary. 
Haggerty, John. 
Hardiman, Patrick. 
Havey, James T. 
Johnson, James. 
Kelly, Annie M. 
Kennedy, Elizabeth. 
Loughlin, Thomas. 
McCabe, Henry. 
McCahill, B. F. 
McDonald, E. 
McElroy, Francis. 
McGowan, -Michael. 
McGrath, Martin N. 
McHugh, Michael. 
McManus, Philip H. 

McQuade, Francis. 
Maguire, John. 
Mann, George. 
Mansfield, Henry. 
Matthews, John. 
Miller, William. 
Mullan, Michael. 
Murphy, Kate. 
Murray, Julia. 
O'Connell, Edward. 
O'Donnell, John J. 
O'Hara, James. 
O'Neill, Bernard. 
Reilly, Lawrence, Mrs. 
Ryan, Terese. 
Yoniell, James. 




S O U '1' 11 1' I 1' r H A V E N U K . 

THE German Catliollcs of New York owe an im- 
mense debt of gratitude to the Fathers of the 
Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. Tlie hibors of 
individual priests liad been unable to meet the wants of 
that rapidly increasing portion of the Catholics, and the 
supply of secular priests was precarious; but when a 
zealous and numerous body of missionaries entered the 
field, they soon found that a chiu'ch in one part of the 
city did not accomplish all they desired. 

There had been no church on the west side of the 
city ^\'here German Catholics could receive instruction in 
their own language. In 1847, the Rt. Rev. Bishop Hughes 
authorized the Fathers of the Congregation of the ]\Iost 
Holy Redeemer to establish a mission near the North 
River. They secm-ed a jdot of ground in Thompson 
Street, and there, on the 8th of September, the corner- 
stone of a church, to be under the invocation of the holy 
fomider of their congregation, St. Alphonsus Mar}' Liguori, 
was laid by Bishop Hughes. Rarely has a church sprung 
into existence with such speed as this one. In less 
than three months, the edifice, under the impidse of Rev. 



Father Galiriel Emnpler, C.SS.R., was ready for the use of 
the congreg-ation. Tlie Chiu'ch of St. Alphonsus was 
eig'hty-six feet long- ]>y fifty feet Avide. It was plain and 
iin])retending', and cost only five thonsand dollars; l^nt it 
was complete, with a hig-li altar, a chapel of Onr Lady, 
Avith a convenient sacristy behind, and little chapels on 
either side of the sanctuary, connected with it by lateral 
doorways, and reached from the aisles of the church by 
open arches. There was a spacious gallery at the west 
end, and tlie whole church was plastered and painted. The 
basement was not yet ready for the school, but an out- 
lay of a thousand dollars more would fit up proj^erly the 
five needed class-rooms, as to which there would be no 

On the 25th of November, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Hughes 
dedicated this interesting- church with the usual ceremonial. 
. The chm'ch seemed indeed under the patronag-e of 
the great St. Alphonsus Liguori, who, great as a mis- 
sionary, great as a bishop, great in the Order which he 
founded, and the works he wrote, continues to instruct 
the priests of the church by his theology, and to evan- 
gelize the people of all lands by the priests of his con- 
gregation, as his works continue to nom-ish piety in the 
hearts of the faithful, winning them to the Love of Jesus, 
by his Visits ; to the Love of Mary, by his Glories ; to 
seek final perseverance, by his Treatise on Prayer ; and 
to avoid sin, b}- his Commandments and Sacraments. 


St. Alplionsiis is almost .1 saint of our own times. 
Born at Naples, of an ancient noble family, September 
26th, 1G96, he entered, after a pious and studious youth, 
the profession of the law; but was soon convinced of the 
hollowness of all earthly things, and entered the eccle- 
siastical state. After his ordination, he began giving mis- 
sions to revive the religious feelings and instruction of 
the neglected classes. To carry on his work, he gath- 
ered a few zealous priests, and founded at La Scala the 
Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer. The feme @f 
tlie wonders wrought by St. Alphonsus and his missioners 
spread tlu-ough Italy. Pope Clement XIII., in 1762, 
forced him to accept the See of St. Agatha dei Gotti. 
He became a model for bishops, as he had been a model 
for priests. Austerity and labor seemed to prolong an 
existence prized by all. When nearly eighty, deaf, bent, 
blind, he solicited permission to resign his see; the Pope 
declined, not to deprive the diocese of the exami)le of 
such sanctity. When finally Pius VI. yielded to his 
entreaty, he retired to a house of his order at Nocera, and 
died there at the age of ninety, August 1st, 1787, sanc- 
tifying the time when Doctor Carroll was organizing the 
Church here as Prefect, and the Pope was about to estab- 
lish the See of Baltimore. He was beatified by Pope 
Pius VII. in 1816, and canonized by Pope Gregory XVI. 
in 1839. 

The Chm-ch dedicated to this saint, wliom the late 



Sovereign Pontiff declared a Doctor of the Church, was, 
from the first, jjroductive of great good. It was espe- 
cially the parochial centre of the Germans on the west- 
em side of the cit)^ ; but many English-speaking Catholics, 
as there was no chiu-ch west of Broadway between 
St. Peter's and St. Joseph's, availed themselves of the 
services of St. Alphonsus. The cluu'ch was for many 
years attended from the convent adjoining the Chm'ch 
of the Most Holy Redeemer, in Third Street ; but in 
1866, Archliishop McCloskey and the superiors of the order 
agreed that it was more advisable to have some Fathers 
residing permanently near the church, in order to give 
the faithful their undivided attention. By a document of 
the Most Reverend ArchVtishop, dated Sept. 24th, 1866, it 
was to 1)0 no longer a parochial l)ut a missionary cliiu'ch. 
The Fathers attached to it Avere allowed to i)reach and 
hear confessions in all those languages in Avhich it was 
thought they could render aid to the faithfid. ^loreover, 
they were allowed to perform in said church all the ser- 
vices and ecclesiastical functions prescribed and permitted 
liy their rule. Accordingly, on the 9tli of November, the 
Rev. F. Nicholas Jaeckel, C.SS.R., with some other mem- 
bers of the congregation, took up their abode at the 
parochial residence, No. 6 Thompson Street. 

It was soon evident that the old clnu'ch was inade- ** 
quate to the wants of the mixed congregation that at- 
tended it. Both the German and English-speaking portions. 


Mttiiclicd alike to the fliurcli of St, Alplioiisus and tlie 
iiiiiiistratloiis of the Fathers, ^vere anxious to rear a nobler 
and more spacious structure in liis lioiior. A liuildin<^ 
society Avas soon formed, and German, Irish, and Ameri- 
can Catholics co-operated in harmony. 

Groinid was secured so as to run through from 
Thompson to Lanrens, or South Fifth Avenue, and plans 
dr«wn for tlie erection there of a clnirch, to be one 
lumdred and sixty-two feet in length by eighty feet in 
width. The corner-stone was laid on the 4th of Septem- 
ber, IS 70, with imposing ceremonies. The children con- 
nected with the school came in procession to the ground ; 
a long line of clergy, preceding the Archbishop, next 
arriveil, and took their stations on a platform. Con- 
fraternities and temperance societies, with bands of music, 
came in orderly succession, and di-ew up in double line 
around the site of the church. 

Archbishop ]\rc( 'loskey, in cope and mitre, proceeded 
to the stone and blessed it in the manner prescribed by 
the ritual of the Church, and, chanting the Miserere, 
made the circuit of the ground mai'ked out for the sacred 

In his address to the vast audience, the Archbishop 
congratulated the people and their pastors on the interest 
they displayed, in which he himself joined most fully. 
"You will not allow it to fail," he said; "you will give 
and give again, and make generous sacrifices to this 



work, which is to be, we trust, the source of niauy 
blessing's in tlie midst of this vast, and alas ! I must 
add, wicked cit}', that needs all the opportunities of 
religious instruction, and sources of religious grace, and 
means of heavenly benediction, that can possibly be 
multiplied Avithin it." 

After an addi-ess in German by Father Ilelmpraecht, 
C.SS.R., the Archbishop closed the ceremonies of the day 
Avitli his benediction. 

In little more than a year, the new churcli was 
ready to receive the flock around the altai". The modest 
five thousand dollar chm'ch had been replaced by one 
that cost two hundred and seventy-five thousand. Its 
front is surmounted by a stone statue of the Holy 
Doctor, raised to the spot April 28th, 1871. It is one 
of the most impressive churches in the city, in the dim 
religious light, the feeling of awe and repose that seems 
to reign witliin. It is built solidl}- of brick, faced with 
Ohio brown stone, varied with Ulster Coiuit}- blue stone, 
and will seat eighteen hundi'ed j^ersons. After passing the 
railing, on the line of the street, a flight of steps leads up 
to the tln-ee portals. Confessionals line the sides of the 
church, with the Stations of the Cross, carved in relievo, be- 
tween them. The whole interior is beautiful in design 
and decoration, leading the eye and thought to centre in 
the altar. This was made in Munich, at a cost of twelve 
thousand dollars, and is an elaborate and graceful work. 



rifli in its green marble pillars, its profuse gilding, its 
niches with statues of saints. The organ is worthy of 
the rhurdi. 

It was solemnly dedicated on the 7th of April, 1S72, 
by his Grace the Archbishop of New York, assisted by 
the Very Rev. William Starrs, V.G. ; Rev. Fathers Tschen- 
hens, Cronenberg, and Wirth. After the prescribed cere- 
monies, a Pontifical High Mass was offered l)y the Right 
Re^^ Ignatius Persico, then Bishop of Savannah, ^^•it]l 
Father Freitag as assistant. Father Schadler as deacon, 
and Father Oberle as subdeacon. In the sanctuary were 
a number of clergymen of New York and the adjoining 
dioceses. Two sermons were preached — one in English 
by the Rev. Joseph Henning, C.SS.R., of St. Louis, and 
another in German by Rev. Father Loewekamp, C.SS.R., 
of Philadelphia. 

After a few remarks, Arclibishop l\IcCloskey bestowed 
his benediction, and the vast crowd dispersed, including 
the Independent Rifle Company, the Societies of the 
Churches (if the Most Holy Redeemer, Our Lad}- of Sor- 
rows, St. John the Baptist, and St. Francis of Assisi. In 
the evening. Bishop Persico delivered a sermon, closing 
the consoling exer'-Ises of the first day In the new Chiu-ch 
of St. Alphonsus. 

On the 28th of the same month, the church wit- 
nessed a sj^ectacle peculiarly consoling to the Irish por- 
tion of the faithful attending the church. The members 



of the St. Patrick's Alliance, Father Matthew Temperance 
Societies, and other similar bodies, moved from Union 
Square to the cluu'ch, the first society bearing a beauti- 
ful green banner given to the Alliance by the Nun of 
Kenmare. An eloquent sermon was })reached by Father 
Burke, C.S.SR., who solemnly blessed the banner. 

Since its erection it has been constantly increasing its 
good work, and is a favorite with many a\'1io at certain 
times can even attend mission services here and yet fol- 
low their regular work. The sight of stalwart, serious men 
pouring out of a church at a dim hour of the morning, in 
their working garb, impressed all who beheld it, and a 
foreign artist sketched the scene as one of the most 
striking tliat he had witnessed in America. 

Connected with the church are the following socie- 
ties : St. Michael's Beneficial Society, St. Alphonsus' Bene- 
ficial Societv, and St. Alphonsus' Temperance Society. It 
has a well managed parochial school-house, where about 
two hundred and fifty children are instructed by four 
School Sisters of Notre Dame. 

St. Alphonsus Church has liad tlie following rectors : — 

Nov. 7, 18G6, Rev. Nicholas Jaeckel, C.SS.R. 

Jidy, 1868, Rev. Fekreol Girardey, C.SS.R. 

Feb., 1870, Rev. William Wayricu, C.SS.R. 

Dec, 1872, Rev. Eugene Grimm, C.SS.R. 

July, 1877, Rev. Joseph Wirth, C.SS.R., who is now 
assisted by seven priests. 




THIS clergyman, wlio has directed the church for the 
hist year, was horn in 1832 at Coblentz on the 
Rhine, in the territory of Prussia. After passing through 
the gymnasium in his native phice, where he kept him- 
self unsullied, he made his choice of a state of life. Leav- 
ing home and country behind, he proceeded to Belgium, 
and at the age of eighteen applied for admission as a candi- 
date in the novitiate at St. Trond. He soon came to the 
United States with other missionaries of the order, and 
completed his theological studies at the House of Studies, 
established by the Redeniptorists at Cumberland, Mary- 
land. He received the holy order of priesthood from the 
hands of the learned and Most Rev. Francis Patrick 
Kenrick, D.D., Ai-chbishop of Baltimore, in June, 1857. 

He was engaged in missionaiy labor for more than ten 
years, residing at various houses of liis order. From 1859 
to 1862 he was connected with the Redemptorist Convent 
attached to the Church of St. Alphonsus, on Saratoga 
Street, Baltimore. The next two years we find him among 
the priests of St. Peter's Convent, Philadelphia, who direct 
the Chm-ch of St. Peter, on Fifth and Franklin Avenues ; 
then again in the Church of St. Alphonsvis, Baltimore. 


The life of a religious of this order is spent in 
study, iu the constant exercise of the ministry — preaching, 
visiting the sick, hearing confessions, and counseling or 
directing the many who come to such experienced priests 
for guidance : now perhajDS a Protestant in whose mind 
and heart the light of truth and grace are struggling 
with the prejudices and calumnies instilled from child- 
hood ; again some Catholic, long remiss, a prey to doubt, 
or one fervent, faitliful, but pei-plexed Avith cares, anxi- 
eties, uncertainties ; mothers anxious for their sons or 
daughters ; wives wishing to reclaim husbands ; souls 
feehng called to a higher life ; others with no fixed 
ideas; all requiring patience, judgment, and knowledge of 
religion and of the human heart to guide aright. In 
1868, the Rev. Father Wu-th was appointed rector of St. 
Michael's Chirrch, Baltimore, and in 1871, the i-ector of 
the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, in Third Street, 
New York, a position of great importance and responsi- 
bility, which he filled to the satisfaction of all. 

In July, 1877, he became pastor of the Chm-ch of 
St. Alphonsus, and superior of the little community of 
Fathers who occupy the convent adjoining the church, 
where they cany out in an edifying manner the iiile 
of the holy doctor of the Chm-ch who founded the con- 
gregation to which they belong, and who is the revered 
patron of the chm-ch imder their care. 

The associates of the reverend pastor in the year 



1878 were the Rev. Eugeue Griimn, C.SS.R; the Rev. 
Adam Kreis, C.SS.R.; the Rev. Phihi^ Rossbach, C.SS.R.; 
the Rev. Charles Rathke, C.SS.R.; the Rev. James Keltz, 
C.SS.R.; the Rev. Matthew Bohn, C.SS.R.; and the Rev. 
Phihp Colonel, C.SS.R. 

Roll of Honor. 

Alberi'iz, Jacob. 
Angermeyer, Andrew. 
Aufenanger, Anton. 
Aufenanger, F. 
Aufenanger, John. 
Aufenanger, J. L. 
Baeder, Catharine. 
Bampf, Joseph. 
Bechold, George. 
Beine, Herman. 
Berger, Catharine. 
Berk, Peter. 
Biegel, Mrs. 
Blank, Anna. 
Blank, George. 
Blesch, John. 
Blessncr, Clement. 
Blum, llennan. 
Bode, W. 
Boes, Werner. 
Bracht, W. 
Braeker, William. 
Brager, William. 
Bruns, Joseph. 
Burkhardt, E. 
Buschmann, Bernard. 
Cort, John. 
Dahman, Henry. 
Dahn, Christina. 
Decker, Elizabeth. 
Deiter, Louis. 
Deitmering, Gerhard. 
Derenthal, W. 
Dierker, Hubert. 
Dryer, John. 
Dumpel, Henry. 
Uumpel, Joseph. 

Ehrhardt, Emilia. 
Engel, B. 
Etzel, Albert. 
Etzel, Joseph. 
Etzel, Philip. 
Fahle, John. 
Ferber, Gottfried. 
Fett, Anna. 
Firnstein, B. 
Fischer, Martin. 
Fleckner, John. 
Fleischer, E. 
Fleischer, M. 
Fries, Margaret. 
Germetden, J. 
Gersbach, Joseph. 
Haffner, Charles. 
Hahn, Anna. 
Halk, Jacob B. 
Hanakamp, Franz. 
Hartman, August. 
Heberman, George. 
Heide, Henry. 
Heidnes, Arnold. 
Heinrich, John. 
Hensle, George. 
Henze, W. J. 
Kerch, Frank. 
Herdt, Minnie. 
Herm, Xavier. 
Hitzel, Anna M. 
Horn, John A. 
Hoppe, August. 
Hufen, N. 

Hughes, Patrick, Mrs. 
Huhua, John, Jr. 
Horstman, Caspar. 

Keck, Henry. 
Kirchner, Caspar. 
Klovekorn, Henry. 
Kliimke, Gerard. 
Klung, Andrew. 
Knapp, Franz. 
Knaup, Franc, Mrs. 
Knoedel, Vic, Mrs. 
Kracht, Franz. 
Kretzdorn, Ignatius. 
Krompfeifer, A. 
Krompfeifer, W. 
Kuclmer, Caspar. 
Lammle, Joseph. 
Lecher, John. 
Leinneweber, John. 
Link, Joseph. 
Linneman, Henry. 
Liiking, P., Mrs. 
Mainardy, Henry. 
Mattes, John. 
Millemann, Catharina. 
Miiller, Bernard. 
Miiller, John. 
Miiller, "Nicholas. 
Mumbach, Matthias. 
Mutz, Martin. 
Nalter, Franz. 
Neckert, Franz. 
Nutt, John. 
Nutt, Louis. 
Ocker, Anton. 
Oehnhausen, ]". 
Oehnhausen, Louis. 
Ott, John. 
Otten, Joseph. 
Pohle, John. 

Pugel, Anton. 

Rebholz, J. 

Rehermann, Charles. 

Ridder, Herman. 

Riegler, Jacob. 

Rittweger, John. 

Sachs, Michael. 

Baling, Frederick. 

Sassa, Charles, Mrs. 

Schaumwecker, Calh. 

Schmidt, A. 

Schmidt, Jacob. 

Schmidt, Josejih. 

Schneider, Daniel. 

Schrapfer, John. 

Schussler, John. 

Seller, Margaret. 

Serf, Nicholas. 

Siefers, August. 
Sommer, Charles. 
Staab, Henry. 
Stengel, Caspar. 
Stoll, Jacob. 
Thiel, Nicholas. 
Thole, Henry. 
Thone, Frederick, 

Uhl, George. 
Volker, Joseph. 
Voss, Frederick. 
Walgerin, Amelia, Mrs. 
Weiserbach, Joseph. 
Wertzen, Catherine. 
Wilhelm, Anton. 
Wingenfeld, Moritz. 
Winkle, John. 
Wuhl, Barbara. 
Zink, Margaret. 

(J li U U C H () F S A I N 'J' AND R E W 




WHEN the Catholics of New York began to agi- 
tate against the injustice whicli deprived their 
paroc-hial schools of the portion of the fund so long paid 
to them, and so honestly and beneficially expended, in order 
to devote the whole school money of the community to 
the Public School Society, in whose institutions Catholic 
children were required to learn as lessons insults to their 
faith and libels on theii* clergy, the meetings foiuid no 
convenient place of assemblage. The basements of St. 
James' and other churches were at first used, but as it 
became evident that the stru"'<'le for their ri"hts as American 
citizens was not to be a Ijrief one, a hall in a central 
position became desirable. It is one of the curious facts 
in relation to New York City that you can almost always 
find a Protestant church for sale. This has often proved 
advantageous, and did so in the present case. In 1818, 
the Universalists erected on the corner of Duane Street 
and Augustus, now City Hall Place, a substantial brick 
liuilding sixty-seven feet square. The congregation had 
faded away; the basement \\as used for storing wine and 
ale. The leasehold on the property, which had nineteen 
years to run, was accordingly purchased by the Catholics 


earlv in 1.S41, for $5,400, ^\itli tlie view of using- the 
building for their meeting-s. It received the name of 
Carroll Hall, and as such it became identified witli the 
agitation and with the ticket wliich the Catholics were 
forced to adopt when the politicians of the two politi- 
cal parties pledged themselves to resist their claim. 

A more equitable school system was at last adopted 
by the Legislatm'e, and the immediate need passed for 
maintaining a public hall ; but Bishop Hughes found 
that the growing Catholic j^opulation in that neighborhood 
required a new church, the accommodations afforded by 
St. Peter's, the Transfigm-ation, and St. James', being insuf- 

The project waj^ warmly taken xip by the Rev. An- 
di-CAv Byrne, long pastor of St. James', and by his zeal 
and energy the building was speedily repaired and fitted 
up for the offering of the Holy Sacrifice according to 
our admirable and ancient ritual; and ere long the fee 
was acquired, and it became entirely Catholic property. 

On the 19th of March, 1842, it was solemnly ded- 
icated in honor of St. Andi-ew by the Right Reverend 
Bishop Hughes, who delivered a sermon long remem- 
bered by the people whose happiness it Avas to hear 
his eloquent words. The High Mass was celebrated by 
Bishop Benedict J. Fenwick of Boston, who had in early 
life labored so earnestly and devoutly to Ijuild up Cath- 
olicity in om- city. In the sanctuary were many of the 


prie.sts of the (•liurclu'S on tlie island, tlu'ee of whom, 
Rev. Mes.srs. IJyrne, Quarter, and Bacon, wen? soon to 
become members of tlie liierarchy. 

Tlie Churches of the two holy Apostles — " The first, 
Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother" — 
thus stand about equally distant from our municipal Park, 
as if guardians of oiu* cit}''s weal. 

It was the j)rivile<'e of St. Andrew to be the first 
of the Apostles to know oiu' Lord, and his special grace 
to have Jesus ])ointed out to him as the promised 
Messias by St. John the Baptist, whose disciple he was. 
He it was who led to the feet of Jesus his greater 
brother Peter, and humljh' took an inferior place among 
the chosen disci2:)les. His field of missionary labor was that 
part of Southern Russia where France and England grap- 
pled with her power, and the parts of Turkey just swept 
by the ]\Iuscovite hordes. His glorious life closed as did 
his brother's, by martyrdom on the cross; but its form 
differed also from our Lord's, being like the letter X. 
He won his triumph at Patra, in Greece, and is honored 
as a special patron by Russia and by Scotland. 

The Rev. Andrew Byrne became the pastor of this 
new church, and soon after, on the 1st of Ma}-, deliv- 
ered an eloqiient discourse on the life, character, and 
services of Bishop England, then recently deceased. He 
organized the parish with the abilit}- he had elsewhere 
displayed, but w;is not long afterwards called away to 



direct the new Churcli of the Nativity, in which he liad 
been interested fmm tlie first. He was succeeded hy 
the Rev. John Maginness, also fi-oni St. James' Chiu'ch. 
Under his direction the parisli Ijecame important in nnm- 
hers and the increasing fidehty of the ])eople to all the 
duties required by their f\xith. 

In 1850 the pastorship was confided by the Host 
Reverend Archbishop to a priest already experienced in 
parochial life, who was continuing the zealous hil)ors of 
his uncle and namesake, for many j'ears a priest in the 
Diocese of New York. This was the Rev. IVIichacl T'ur- 
ran, Jr., who was appointed to St. Andrew's C'lnn-ch in 
lSf)0, and is still, after twenty-eight years' pastoral labor, 
its parish ])riest. The long connection shows the har- 
mony existing between the pastor and his ilock, and its 
annals also show that the churcli retained as assistant, 
for nearly twenty years, a Polish jn-iest, kno^vn to many 
of our citizens, the Rev. Lewis Terhykowicz. 

Among the interesting incidents in the history of the 
chiu'ch, may be noted an impressive one on the 30th of 
May, 1858. Nearly five hundred persons were confirmed. 
Among them, an aged and infirm man named John Burns, 
who had never received that sacrament, was sup2)orted to 
the sanctuary. But the effort was too much for his tot- 
terinof strength. He sank down on the floor of the sane- 
tuary. Archbishop Hughes proceeded to the s2)ot and 
confirmed him. Full of happiness, and A\'ith silent jjrayers, 


he A\'as removed, and expired almost iiimiediately, tlie 
iiiictiou of confii-mation l)eiiig' lils last. 

In iSf)!), the city, carrying out some improvements, 
decided to widen I»iiane Street and open Reade fStreet 
tlirongh to C'liatliam. Tliis new line, established by the 
Commissioners, cut oflf a considerable jjortiou of the front 
of St. Andrew's Church, leaving, in fact, so little of the 
original building as to render it no longer of ain" use 
for church jinrposes. Yet so unjust was the assessment, 
that while only eight thousand dollars was allowed foi- 
the damage thus done, the congregation were called uj)on 
to i)av ten thousand dollars for the imairinarv benefit 
they were to receive. 

It became necessary for the pastor and congregation 
to decide upon a course. The house adjoining the church 
had some years before been secured as a residence for 
the pastor. Antiquarians pointed it out as one of the 
houses occupied for a time by George AYashington ; l)ut 
St. Andrew's Chm'cli could be maintained only by remov- 
ing this building and extending the church over the ground. 
It was accordingly purchased, and a plan ado2)ted for 
remodeling and beautifying the Ijuilding, by erecting a 
new front on the proposed sti-eet line, renio^'ing the altar 
to the north end, and decorating the interior. 

Notwithstanding the hard times, the zealous pastor 
pushed on the Avork rapidly, and adding a spire to the 
chm-ch, he extended it twenty-five feet in the rear, and 


there erected a very beautiful altar, surmounted by a 
very artistic painting of the Crucifixion, witli paintings 
of St. Patrick and St. Andrew on either side. Above 
tlie altar rose a tabernacle of very chaste design, fitly 
crowned l)y an exquisite ivory crucifix. The whole interior 
was also frescoed in a superior manner. 

The remodeled church, thus creditably completed, was 
solemnly dedicateil on the 20th of October, 18G1, by 
the Very Rev. William Starrs, Vicar-General of the Dio- 
cese, who celebrated High Mass, assisted by the Rev. 
John McCloskey, Vice-President of Mount St. Mary's 
College, and the Rev. Sylvester Malone, of Brooklyn, 
as deacon and subdeacon, and the Rev. Francis McNeir- 
ny, now Bishop of Albany, as master of ceremonies. 
The Rt Rev. John Loughlin, Bishop of Brookl^Ti, de- 
livered a sermon from the text, " Render unto Csesar the 
things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are 

At the solemn vespers in the evening, Dr. McQuaid, 
now Bishop of Rochester, delivered a discom'se on the 
goodness, jiower, and magnificence of Mary. 

The basement of the chm'ch was fitted up as a con- 
venient and attractive chapel, and the congregation proved 
their appreciation of the new edifice by their zeal and 
liberality. An Altar Society showed the devotion of the 
ladies ; a Rosary Society, the fervor of the congregation ; 
while theu' care for the poor was shown in the relief 


afforded b}' the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the 
Ladies' Benevolent Society. 

The Sunday-schools, attended by neaidy a thousand 
childi-en, proved that the rising generation were well 
trained in the faith of their fathers. 

The congregation had for some years peacefully wor- 
shiped in their restored church, so creditable to their 
taste and piety, when its annals were dimmed by a sad 
and terrible accident. As time -vent on, a large commer- 
cial building was erected beside the modest shrine of St. 
Andrew, overtopping its roof and cross. In the winter of 
1874-5, a fire broke out in this building, then occupied 
by a great crockery firm. Wlien the flames had con- 
sumed the wood-work the tall walls were left, and ]jy a 
criminal neglect were not secured in any way. The 
church received some slight damage from fire and water, 
but was not materially injm-ed. 

Unsuspicious of danger, the congregation of St. Andrew's 
continued to use their church, and during the Lenten sea- 
son the sacred edifice was densely crowded. On the even- 
ing of Thursday, February 25, 1875, while all were listen- 
ing intently to a sermon on Death, from the Rev. Thomas 
CaiToll, of St. Stephen's, there was a sound of rushing wind, 
a rattling of windows, followed by a crash as of a^^ful 
thunder. The plastering on the east side of the ceiling 
gave way, and pointed fragments of rafters were di'iven 
down on the people in the galleries. One woman, Mary 


Gr. Conners, was killed on the spot, and all the rest rushed 
madly towards the door, in a frantic desire to escape. 
On the stairs many were injured, and although the clergy, 
hastening to the spot, endeavored to allay the panic and 
restore calm, four persons were crushed to death. To the 
pastor, to whom every member of the flock had grown 
dear in his long pastorate, this sad accident was a terrible 
affliction. Overcome by his deep feeling and grief, he 
offered a solemn requiem for them in St. Peter's. 

St. Andrew's C'luu-ch, of wliich the pastor and people 
had been so proud, was a wreck, tinged with sad and 
mournful memories ; but the main structure was still firm, 
and the Rev. Mr. Curran proceeded to restore it once 
more, and fit it for his people. The falling Avail had crush- 
ed in a part of the roof, carrying rafters and beams with it, 
and filling the church with ruin. The restoration re(piired 
new care and expense ; but St. Andre\v's came forth more at- 
tractive than ever, and was again dedicated to God's service. 

The zeal of the congregation may be seen in the fact 
that, in the last collection for the benefit of the American 
College at Rome, that seminary, erected by Pojie Pius 
IX. of blessed memory, wliich has sent forth so many 
learned and zealous priests, the little Chm-ch of St. An- 
di-ew led all others in the amount of its contribution. 
His Holiness Pope Leo XIII. evinced his appreciation of 
this liberality by presenting to the venerable pastor an 
elegant gold chalice for the congregation. 





THE venerable pastor of St. Ancli-ew's is now, in 
point of ordination as well as in the lengtli of his 
pastorship, one of tlie oldest priests of the Diocese of New 
York. He was born neai' Emyvale, in the County of 
Monaghan, Ireland, in 1813. His boyish ideas all looked 
to America as his future home, and he studied away in 
the determined Avay natvu-al to him, to lit himself for the 
battle of life. Thouj^li he left his native countr}- at the 
early age of thirteen, it is characteristic of him that liis 
name was already signed in his bo}^ chirography to a 
monster ])etition in fiuor of Catholic Emancipation. 

He landed in Dehuvare, and was welcomed in Penn- 
sylvania by his uncle, then pastor at Harrisburg, and 
subsequently well known in New York. 

The young man was soon sent to ]\Iount St. Mary's 
College, at Emmittsbm-g, Maryland, where he spent four 
years, acquitting himself well and creditably. On leav- 
incr that institution he went into mercantile life, and was 
for some years in the iby goods business at Rochester; 
but his mind and heart tiuned to the sanctuary, and wise 
directors guided the impulse. 

He accordingly proceeded to Canada, and spent eight- 



een months in a seminary near Montreal ; bnt Bishop 
Hughes had meanwliile estahhshed a diocesan seminary at 
Rose Hill, Fordham, and summoned the yoiuiy Levite to 
complete his course of divinity there. Here he Avas among 
the first to enroll his name, and, persevering in his ^■o- 
cation, was ordained by Bishop Hughes, in the chapel 
attached to the institution, on the 14th of April, 1844. 

As he had evinced no little skill in management, 
ha])} lily condjining firmness with gentle persistence and 
great system, he was made prefect of discipline in St. 
John's College, and for a year discharged the duties of 
the arduous post with general satisfaction. 

He was then permitted to begin his career as a 
missionary priest in a great city; and, as assistant at 
St. James' Church, had a jjosition that reqiured great 
jiatience, charit}', endurance, and zeal. The probation 
showed his qualities, and Bishop Hughes sent him to 
the parish of St. John the Evangelist. That cluu'ch had 
just been sold imder a foreclosure, and his charge was one 
of difficulty. For two years, the Rev. Mr. Curran assem- 
bled his parishioners in the building which had many 
years previous been occupied by the Jesuit Fathers as 
a college. Here he said mass, and, by laboring, nego- 
tiating, and collecting, sacrificing all personal comfort to 
the end in view, he succeeded in rejiurchasing the church 
on favorable terms, and in one year reduced the debt 
incurred from eight thousand to two thousand dollars. 

ST. ANDKEW.S CllUliClI. 145 

His success induced the bishop to appoint liim to 
St. I'c'ter's, then nuich involved, hiit he slu-ank from the 
task, and accepted readily the liunibler position of j)astor 
of St. Anih-ew's, in 1850. His labors in that parish we 
have seen. 

Tlie Rev. Mr. Ciu'ran found the church in great finan- 
cial embarrassment, but he so won on his people that 
his fii'st call on them to meet a long standing debt — 
a srenerous loan made at the commencement of the church, 
and now neeil('(l by the lender to enable him to return, 
an invalid, to his native land — was so liberally met that 
he had a svu-phis for other claims also. 

During a few years of his pastorship, the Rev. Mr. 
CmTan, by constant exertion, succeeded in relieving his 
church entirely from a debt of $22,000. Ha\-ing cleared 
the chm'cli of debt, he secured a pastoral residence ; then 
restored the chiu-ch when the cit}- had wrecked it, and 
paid off most of the debt incm-red, and has since been 
compelled to restore it once more. 

The restoration in 1859 was not accomplished with- 
out great personal exertion on the part of the pastor, as 
the cost amounted to over fifty thousand dollars, including 
the purchase of a new parochial residence. Within the 
year from the connnencement of the Avork, the Rev. ]\Ir. 
CmTan, by collections, lectures, and fairs, paid off no less 
than twenty-seven thousand dollars. 

In the fearful accident, he was nearly addci] to the 


victims. The chair on which he sat was crushed to 
atoms, and he was covered with dust and plaster ; but 
without a thought for himself, he hastened at once to 
still the panic, and prevent, as far as he could, the fatal 
consequences. That many more did not perish is due, 
in no small degree, to his coolness and power of com- 

His residence, simple and plain as liimself and his 
flock, shows the affection of his people. A beautiful and 
enduring marble table bears indelibly his name and that 
of the chui'ch, so long associated in the hearts of the 
faithful; and on the mantel stands a frame with a poet- 
ical tribute from the Sisters of Mercy, to one who has 
for thirty years been their earnest friend and supporter. 



Roll of Honor. 

Bennett, George. 
Bowers, Charles W. 
Broderick, Edward. 
Burke, Michael. 
Burney, Ann, Mrs. 
Byrne, Hugh. 
Campbell, James. 
Carleton, John. 
Cavanagh, Michael. 
Clancy, James. 
Clarke, Francis J. 
Clifford, James. 
Comerford, Ellen, Mrs. 
Conway, John. 
Corrigan, P. 
Costello, James. 
Cox, Bridget. 
Curtis, Mary, Mrs. 
Devins, Patrick. 
Divver, Patrick. 
Downey, Cornelius J. 
Doyle, James P. 
Doyle, Patrick. 
Driscoll, Daniel. 
Duane, Michael. 
Dunleavy, Bridget. 
Dunphy, James. 
Emmett, Charles. 
Fitzgerald, Thomas. 
Flynn, James. 
Flynn, Patrick. 
Foley, Michael. 
Foster, Charles. 

Freel, Hugh. 
Freel, Patrick. 

Gallagher, Martin. 
Geraghty, Ennis. 
Gougherty, Bernard. 
Grady, M. 
Hamill, T. 

Harrington, William. 
Healey, Jane. 
Hennessy, Eliza. 
Higgins, Patrick. 
Hurley, Thomas H. 
Jones, Morgan. 
Keane, Maurice. 
Kearns, Joseph. 
Kennedy, William H. 
Kerwin, Michael. 
Lewis, John. 
Lysaght, Mary, Mrs. 
McCann, Owen. 
McClaine, Alexander. 
McCloskey, Andrew, Jr. 
McGuire, Mary, Mrs. 
McKenna, Ann, Mrs. 
Mackey, John. 
McPartland, Daniel. 
Martin, Patrick. 
Martin, Patrick, Jr. 
Mehegan, Patrick. 
Melvin, Matthew. 
Mitchell, John. 
Molaghan, Mary A., Mrs. 
Moloney, William H. 

Molony, Edward. 

Mountjoy, William. 

Mukloon, Patrick. 

Muliins, John, Mrs. 

Mulrooney, Cath., Mrs. 

Murray, Ann, Mrs. 

Nicholson, John. 

Nugent, William S. 

O'Brien, John D. 

O'Callahan, Dennis. 

O'Connor, Dennis J. 

O'Connor, Lucy, Mrs. 

O'Connor, Thomas. 

O'Dea, John, Mrs. 

O'Donohue, Patrick. 

O'Leary, Timothy. 

O'Neil, Cornelius. 

O'Neil, Daniel. 

O'Rourke, Francis. 

O'Sullivan, Ellen. 

Perfetti, Margaret, Mrs. 

Riordan, Eugene. 

Rouse, John. 

Russell, Michael. 

Ryan, James. 

Ryan, Mary T. 
Shea, John B. 
Smith, Hugh. 
Skehan, Murtha. 
Smith, P. M. 
Tallon, Patrick. 
Ward, Patrick. 
Whelan, Jane, Mrs. 





ON East Twelfth Street, between Tliird and Fourth 
Avenues, stands an ekignnt Frencli Gothic church, 
of very pure design and of noble dimensions, dedicated 
to St. Ann, the ho]y spouse of St. Joachim and mother 
of the Blessed Virgin IMarA'. 

It is one of the triumphs of Mary, that even in 
those sects that have cut themselves off from the Church 
of her Divine Son, she has, in a manner, forced them 
to continue to dedicate churches in her own honor, and 
even in honor of her holy mother. Tliere were Protestant 
churches of St. Ann in this cou-ntry before Catholics had 
erected on(}. 

In 1852, the want of a church somewhere in the 
vicinit}' of Astor Place began to be felt. As the ex- 
act position of the futm-e church of the parish could 
scarcely be decided, the Most Reverend Archbishop deter- 
mined to secure some convenient building for temporary 
use. A church stood on Eightli Street offering itself to 
the buyer. It was not without its history Years be- 
fore, it had reared its spire on Murray Street, and 
echoed to the voice of jMason, a once famous preacher 


of Calvin's terrible tenets. In time it had been taken 
down, stone by stone, carted np to Eighth Street, and 
rebnilt. As a Presbyterian church it did not succeed; 
it became Episcopal, then Presbyterian again. Its halls 
had heard indeed many forms of error, l)ut the time had 
come, as Mr. Disosway suggests, when disheartening dog- 
mas and unscriptural worship were to give way to the 
consoling faith, the .apostolic liturgy of the Chiu'ch of the 
Li^^ng• God. 

The building once acquired was speedily adapted to 
the noblest and hohest form of worship, the altar and 
chancel being the work of Mr. Walsh, an excellent archi- 
tect. The chiu'ch was dedicated to Almighty God under 
the invocation of St. Ann, on the 1st of June, 1852. 
Seldom has a church dedication gathered so many dis- 
tinguished bishops as were seen that day in the sanctuary 
of the new church. Besides the Most Reverend Arch- 
bishop of New York, there might be seen Bishops Miles 
of Nashville, Fitzpatrick of Boston, O'Connor of Pitts- 
burgh, and Spaulding of Louisville, with the Rev. Messrs. 
Loughlin and Bacon, subsequently bishops. Very Rev. 
William Starrs, Dr. Pise, and many of the city clergy. 

The dedication ceremonies were performed by Bishop 
Miles of Nashville, and when the building had thus been 
set apart for Catholic worship, the Rt. Rev. John B. 
Fitzpatrick, Bishop of Boston, celebrated a Pontifical High 
Mass, with the learned Dr. Jeremiah W. Cummings as 


deacon, tlie Rev. George McCloskey as subdeacon, and 
tlie Rev. Annet Lafont as assistant. After tlie semion the 
Rt. Rev. Michael O'Connor, IVishop of Pittsburgh, preached 
a very able and eloquent sermon, taking as his text the 
words of the gospel: "An adulterous generation seeketh 
for a sign ; a sign sliall not be given it, but the sign 
of Jonas the prophet." 

Tlie new church thus placed under the patronage of 
St. Ann was soon well attended. Devotion to this model 
of mothers is less diffused among us than among our 
neighbors, the Catholics of Canada, where a celebrated 
pilgrimage has long endeared her to the pious by the 
many favors obtained through her intercession; the In- 
dians, too, who were won in early times by the French 
missionaries, shared the devotion, and all their chm-ches 
in Maine are dedicated to St. Ann. 

She was the wife of St. Joachim, and their holy 
life of domestic peace, affection, and piety, had but one 
trial, which it required all their virtue to bear. They 
Avere childless. This was then a reproach among the 
Jews, and was looked upon almost as a punishment from 
God. Tradition says that St. Ann, treated with contumely 
on that account, offered special sacrifices in the temple 
of God to be delivered from her reproach. A daughter 
was given to her, in A\hom all the nations of the earth 
were to be blessed, who Avas to be saluted by an angel 
from heaven and become the mother of the long ex- 



pected Messias. Their child was, however, a special gift 
from Heaven, and they consecrated her specially to God, 
presenting her in the temple at the age of three. Blessed 
in seeing her grow up in piety witliin those sacred walls, 
they died full of gladness and holy hope, before her 
beti'othal to St. Joseph, as the silence of the gospels 
evidently gives us to understand. 

The Church of St. Ann was confided to the Rev. 
John Murray Forbes, who remained in charge of the 
mission till the year 1859, assisted from time to time by 
various clergymen. The Rev. H. T. Brady then directed 
it for a short time, but in 1862 the parish was confided 
to the care of the worthy Chancellor of the (li(icese. 
Rev. Thomas S. Preston, whose name has ever since lieen 
identified with the Church of St. Ann. 

He made great improvements in the interior, and 
replaced the altar by one fiir grander, and obtained one 
of the largest organs then in the city. The church met 
the wants of the parish for a few years longer, but it soon 
stood in the centre of a business population, and there Avas 
no ground near that could be acquired at any reasonable 
price for a pastoral residence or for schools and other 
parochial use. It was finally determined to abandon the 
old site and seek a new location for St. Ann's. Ground 
was obtained running tlu^ough from Eleventh to Twelfth 
Street, part of it being covered by a building erected 
as a Jewish synagogue. St. Ann is a saint of the 


old law, aiifl as tli(^ Clmrch of the new law thus shows 
her union with the past, it was not without a certain 
analogy that a church of St. Ann should rise on the 
spot where the ancient Jewish service Avas recited in the 
language which she had heard in her day in the temple 
and s}Tiagogue. The corner-stone of the new church was 
laid by the Vicar General of the diocese, the Very Rev. 
AVilliam Starrs, on Sunday, July 1st, 1870. 

The Very Rev. Dr. Preston resolved to make his 
new church at once splendid and enduring. It is one 
hundred and sixty-six feet in length and sixt)'-three feet 
eight inches in width, the architecture being the pvu-e 
French Gothic of the thirteenth century. The plan was 
to erect a solid and svxbstantial editice, and no cost was 
spared to insure permanent beauty. The Ijuilding cost one 
hundred and sixty thousand dollars, and was completed 
in the latter part of the year 1870. Tlie interior is 
divided into a nave, Avith a clerestory and aisles. The 
nave terminates in an apsis at the southern end, which 
gives ample space for the high altar and two cliapels. 
On each side of the church runs a galler)', but not ex- 
tending so fiir as to overlook the altar, stopping Avithin 
thirty feet of the chancel. The ceilings of the nave and 
aisles are groined, and the exterior of the pews and the 
front of the galleries are executed in hard wood. Tlie 
sacristies are between the church and the school building. 
The interior decorations are not glaring, but quiet- and 



subdued, giving tlie church a devotional, without a gloomy 
look, and that eminent sense of quiet which falls so sooth- 
ingly on a mind vexed and perplexed l)y the cares of 
this world. 

No })ortion of the former structure was retained in 
the new church except a part of the front wall, Avhich 
was used without impairing symmetry or strength. 

In the rear of the church, and fronting Eleventh 
Street, was erected a well-built parochial school-hovise, 
seventy-five feet by forty feet, and four stories in height, 
with a capacious basement. It is fitted uji with all the 
improvements that have been tested and accepted in 
schools generally. 

This fine church was dedicated on the 1st day of 
January, 1871, the Most Reverend Archbishop performing 
the ceremony. The ritual calls for a procession around 
the church, and then aroun<l the interior, sprinkling the 
walls with holy water, accompanied by prayer. The 
former part of the ceremony is seldom possible with our 
city churches, which are closely surrounded by other 
buildings ; but the procession moves around within, chant- 
ing the Miserere and the Litany of the Saints, with a 
special invocation asking God to vouchsafe to cleanse and 
bless the church and altar to His honor, and in the pres- 
ent case in the name of St. Ann. Then comes the special 
prayer : "0 God, who hallowest the places dedicated to 
thy name, pour forth upon this house of prayer, thy 


grace, that all who here invoke thy name may feel tlie 
help of tliy mercy." 

After the close of the touching- dedicatory service.s, 
the altar was adorned for the sacrifice, and a Solemn 
High j\rass Avas offered np, the celebrant being the A^icar 
General, the Very Rev. AYilliam Starrs; the deacon, the 
Rev. R. L. Ikn-tsell, D.I)., pastor of the Chm-ch of the 
Epiphan}', who had for a time been assistant at the 
former church; the subdeacon, the Rev. J. A. Keog-h; 
the master of ceremonies, the Rev. Francis McNeirny, 
then secretary to the Archbishop, assisted by the Rev. 
W. C. Poole. The music was worthy of the occasion, 
being under the direction of Prof Louis Dachauer, the 
org-anist of the church, a grand orchestra blending its 
sti-ains Avith those of the noble org-an. 

The sermon was delivered by the Most Rev. John 
McCloskey of Albany, now Cardinal and Archbishop of 
New York; his text being from the sublime prophecy of 
St. John, Apoc, xxi. 2 : " And I John saw the holy 
city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven, 
from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 
And I heard a great voice from the tlu-one, saying. Be- 
hold the tabernacle of God with men, and he will dwell 
with them. And they shall be his people, and God him- 
self with them shall be their God." 

After congratulating the congregation and their worthy 
pastor on the completion of the work, which had for so 


long- a time occiipied tlieir thoughts and demonstrated 
tlieh- zeal, he showed that the Almighty had from the 
l)eg-inning prescribed various formalities, which invested 
the place of sacrifice with a certain sacred character, 
and that blessings might be expected by the faithful for 
their devotion to their temples. It was onl}- when Cath- 
olics looked with the eye of faith at the sacred con- 
tents of their tabernacles, and contemplated the sublime 
dogma of Christ's sacramental presence on their altars, 
the secret of the Chin-cli's unity of faith, tliat they 
could realize why the Church has ever sought to render 
sanctuaries as splendid as the ^^•orld's wealth can make 
them, and why they have an abiding hope that tlieir 
exertions in this regard will meet with due acknowledg- 
ment from Him who is justice itself 

In this sacred edifice the Blessed Sacrament Avould 
now be offered up daily for the spiritual strengthening 
of the faithful. Innumerable were the advantages which 
the Catholics of the pnrish w^ould derive from the church, 
which had that day been solemnly blessed. Henceforth 
it would stand to testify to the strength of their relig- 
ious faith, and be at the same time the fountain of many 
benedictions for them. 

Here would come the sinner, bending beneath the 
weight of sin, to find peace and j^fii'tlon in the tribunal 
of penance. From this altar the Clu'istian soul, refreshed 
by the Bread of Angels, would go forth with renewed 


strength to battle agfiinst the enemies of salvation. Here 
they would come to send up their prayers, and to as- 
sist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, beseeching- the 
Giver of all good gifts to visit them with such bless- 
ings as in His mercy and kninvledge He saw to be 
necessary for their sjiiritual welfare. 

"I sincerely pray that God will give you all the 
grace of final perseverance in virtue, so that after doing 
your duty here below, you may at last, when God calls 
you hence, die the death of the just, and be permitted 
to adore God in those tabernacles where 'faith is vision 
and hope possession,' and where the rcAvard of a Avell- 
spent life is the happiness that knows neither limit nor 

At the solemn vespers, in the evening, a sennon 
was preached by the Rt. Rev. Dr. John Loughlin, Bishop 
of Brooklyn. 

The church, begun under such hap[)y auspices, lias 
enjoyed great prosperity. Tlie faithful have contributed 
liberally to all the methods adopted for reducing the in- 
cumbrances on their noble temple, and delivering it abso- 
lutely from debt. 

The parochial school, admirably accommodated in the 
building erected for the purpose, is directed by the Sis- 
ters of Charity, and muubers some two hundred and 
fifty boys and nearly six hundred girls. 

The parish has an institution under its charge, the 


admirable " House of the Holy Family for Befriending- 
Cliildren and Young Girls," at 136 Second Avenue, which 
shelters a hundi-ed inmates in its walls, and has ex- 
ceeded even the most sanguine anticipations of the good 
it was to accomplish. 

On the feast of Corpus Clmsti, Jmie 20th, 1878, 
the St. Ann's Literary Union was organized, in rooms 
fitted up for their rise in Eleventh Street. The Union is 
under the spiritual directorship of the Rev. James W. 
Hayes. There is a Literary Society of Yoimg Ladies, 
directed by Rev. Tliomas F. Lynch. There are also Soci- 
eties of the Blessed Vu-gin, for both men and women. 

^'/^r^^^ ^(2^^<^ . ^J, 




THE pastor of St. Ann's has discharged, besides the 
parocliial duties among the flock confided to his 
care, important and responsible trusts in the diocese, hold- 
ing the position of Vicar General, and also of Chancellor. 
Notwithstanding all this, he has made leisure for literary 
work, and enriched our libraries with doctrinal and de- 
votional works, as clear in exposition as they are replete 
with piety and unction. 

He was born at Hartford, Connecticut, in Jixly, 1824, 
and was educated in his native city, having been grad- 
uated in 1843 from Trinity College, which was the 
Alma Mater also of the late Archbishop Bayley. 

He was then a member of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church, and wshing to devote himself to the ministry, 
he entered the General Theological Seminary of that 
body, in New York City, and having passed tlu-ough 
then- com-se of divinity, was ordained a minister in 1846. 
The awakening of soimd study and sounder thought in 
that body, both in England and this country, had, how- 
ever, gone so far, that many who entered the ministry 
began to feel that true peace and true faith could be 


found alone in that cluircli from wliicli tlioir ancestors, 
some few by choice, but most by compulsion, separated 
in the sixteenth century. 

Mr. Preston was one of these. The lig-ht dawning 
on his mind was not . rejected ; prayer for guidance 
brought gi-ace and strength, and he became a Catholic 
in 1849. His vocation to the priesthood was deemed so 
solid, his study of Catholic theology so extensive, that 
after a short pei'iod in St. Josejih's Seminary, Fordham, 
he was ordained in the Avinter of the following year, 
November 16th, 1850, by the Rt. Rev. John McCloskey, 
Bishop of Albany. 

After being for a time assistant at St. Patrick's Cathe- 
dral, he was appointed to the newly established Church 
of tlie Immaculate Conce^ition at Yonkers. Here he did 
much to give the parish a proper organization, drew in the 
careless and negligent, won many to the faith, and sliowed 
all tlie qualities of a good priest. 

In October, 1853, Archbishop Hughes appointed him 
his secretary, and he returned to the Cathedral. The Rev. 
J. R. Bayley, in order to systematize the business of the 
diocese, had labored to organize a Chancery office, and 
Rev. Mr. Preston was selected, in 1855, to take charge 
of this important department. Under his direction every- 
thing has become as systematic and well ordered as the 
affairs of a government or financial institution. In this 
he has rendered signal service to the diocese, and diu-ing 



his long incumbency has given such a precedent for all 
departments connected with it, that there will be no 
difficulty in maintaining the high standard attained. 

In 18G1, as we have seen, he was appointed pastor 
of St. Ami's Church, and continued to discharge his old 
duties without interfering with the laborious calls of his 
parish, although the purchase of ground and the erection 
of a new church, with its schools, might well have been 
deemed sufficient labor for one priest. 

After discharging these combined duties for twelve 
years, a new honor, with corresponding burdens, was con- 
ferred upon him. The Archbishop of New York made the 
Rev. ]Mr. Preston one of his Vicars General. As a mem- 
ber of the Archbishop's Council, he had already been one 
of the advisers of his Grace on the affairs of the diocese ; 
his new jjosition required also at times an active part in 
the administration. 

lie is, as may be seen, one of the most hard work- 
ing as he is one of the most amiable and beloved of 
the priests in the diocese ; neither among the clergy nor 
the faithful have any been found to complain of his ac- 
tion in the various and often delicate matters before him. 

As a preacher, he is polished, elofpient, and convinc- 
ing, as his published sermons attest. Besides these he has 
written, "The Ark of the Covenant," "Lectures on Chris- 
tian Unity," "Reason and Revelation," "The Vicar of 

Christ," "Christ and the Church." 



The Catholic Woiid says of the Very Rev. Mr. Pres- 
ton : " He has merited well of the Church by his zeal- 
ous and efficient devotion to the cause of the Pope and 
the Holy See, and his continual efforts to instruct the 
Catholic laity in sound doctrine in this most essential mat- 
ter. The style is grave and serious, copious and flowing, 
and warmed with a spirit of fervent love to the souls 
of men. It is the style, not of a mere essayist, but of a 



Roll of H 


Ashman, Amaziah L. 

Hatfield, S. 

Maguire, Peter W. 

Barrett, Jane, Mrs. 

Hennessy, Dennis. 

Mohan, Thomas. 

Bedford, Gunning S. 

Hogan, Michael. 

Murray, Ann, Mrs. 

Birmingham, Edward. 

Hutchison, John. 

Navarro, Jose F. de 

Brennan, Edward. 

Jewell, Frank H. 

O'Brien, John. 

Chatillon, Cath., Mrs. 

Kerrigan, Charles. 

O'Brien, William. 

Coffin, George. 

Keyes, Edward L. 

O'Connor, Thomas J. 

Coudert, Frederick R. 

Kinnear, Margaret A. 

O'Shaughnessy, John \V. 

Delan<i, Catharine, Mrs 

• Latasa, F., Mrs. 

0'Shaughnessy,J. R. G. 

Dehnonico, Lorenzo. ' 

Lawler, Michael. 

Otis, Frank. 

Dooley, James. 

Le Brun, Napoleon. 

Philbin, Stephen. 

Dufify, Richard G. 

Lynch, Teresa, Mrs. 

Plunkett, Peter E. 

Dunn, M. J. 

Lyness, B. 

Rafter, Edward. 

Echeverria, Pio. 

McClure, D. 

Reidy, Ellen. 

Farnham, Margaret G. 

McGovern, Edward. 

Reilly, Bryan. 

Fay, Edward. 

McGuire, Mary. 

Reynolds, Mary, Mrs. 

Ferrero, Edward. 

McKeon, John H. 

Rigney, Elizabeth, Mrs. 

Gass, John E. 

McKeon, M., Mrs. 

Short, Michael. 

Gaynor, John. 

McKnight, Thomas. 

Smith, James F. 

Gibert, Frederick EdwM 

. McMahon, Martin T. 

Starr, F. J. 

Goggin, Eugene. 

McMahon, P. 

Ward, Ann M., Mrs. 

Griffin, James. 

Maguire, Andrew. 





FOR many years St. Paul's Church at Harlem was the 
only shrine of religion for the Catholics scattered 
over the northern part of Manhattan Island, there being no 
church above the line of Fiftieth Street, where the Church 
of St. John the Evangelist remained as an outpost of the 
advancing city. IVIany remember a French gentleman re- 
siding in Manliattan\'ille, who, in the days of Bishop 
Du Bois, used to be seen making his way on foot to the 
Cathedral, with one of his children on his shoulder and 
the other by his side. 

Yet the Catholic body had increased, and many res- 
idents of means had settled in and around Manhattan- 
villc ; among others, Andrew Carrigan, Terence Donnelly, 
and Daniel Devlin. These and many others urged the 
erection of a church near the shores of the Hvidson, and 
on the 28th of October, 1852, the Most Reverend Arch- 
bishop confided to an energetic young })riest, the Rev. 
Arthur J. Donnelly, the disti-ict north of One Hundi-edth 
Street and west of Eiglitli A^'enue as his parish. 


The Brothers of the Cliristian Schools luul resolved 
to establish a college in the northern part of the island, 
and had selected this very district as most suitable for 
their piu-pose. The Rev. Mr. Donnelly resolved to act 
in conjunction with them, and, guided Ijy the advice of 
the gentlemen already named, who, as large landliolders, 
were conversant with the advantages and value of })rop- 
erty, the Cliristian Brothers and the new pastor pur- 
chased, at the rate of four hundi-ed dollars a lot, the 
two gore blocks bounded Ijy One Hundred and Thirty- 
first Street and One HuntU-ed and Thirty-thii'd Street, 
Broadway and the Boulevard, then styled Eleventh Avenue 

As the Christian Brothers gave Rev. Mr. Donnelly 
the choice of such portion as he deemed necessary for 
the proposed church, he selected six lots on the corner 
of Broadway and One Hundred and Thirty-first Street. 
A huge mass of rock, containing more than three hundi-ed 
cubic feet, towered high above the sti'eet, which cost 
months of toil and blasting to remove, in order to pre- 
pare the site for the new church. 

To collect his flock till the projected edifice was 
erected, the Rev. Mr. Donnelly adapted for his purposes 
an old two-stor}^ frame d\\'elling standing on the line of 
the unopened Eleventh Avenue. It was only some tliirty 
feet square, but by extending the sides by sheds, and 
opening the building through to the roof, a temporary 
chapel of moderate demensions was obtained. 


Here, on Passion Sunday, 1853, the Holy Sacrifice was 
offered for tlie first time in the parish. 

The site of the new church was at last ready, the 
foundation was begun, and everything was in readiness 
for the religious ceremonial of laying the corner-stone. 
To give greater solemnity to the occasion, Archbishop 
Cajetan Bedini, the first envoy from the Holy See to this 
country, kindly consented to officiate in the rites. A pro- 
cession moved from the residence of the pastor to the 
newly begun Church of the Annunciation of Our Lady. 
On Sunday, November 27th, 1853, the venerable represen- 
tative of his Holiness, in mitre and cojoe, with the crosier 
of his holy office, moved solenndy on, svuTounded by a 
guard of honor from St. Stephen's Church, and b}' the 
clergy and faithful, whose zeal and devotion compensated, 
in some degree, for the martyrdom he endured in this 
republic from his infidel countrymen and their American 
dupes. On reaching the platform erected for the cere- 
mony, he blessed the water, and proceeded around the 
walls of the new chm-ch, dedicating the future edifice for 
the service of God. He then laid the corner-stone, hav- 
ing deposited beneath it an inscribed parchment record 
of the act, and other articles commemorative of the happy 
occasion. An eloquent sermon was then delivered by the 
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah W. Cummings. 

"There is a contrast," said he, "between the simple 
evidence of the work, which, up to the present, stands before 


your eyes, and the magnificence of the rites with which 
it is blessed ; l>ut it is generally observed that the great- 
est results are obtained from the smallest beginnings ; the 
greatest powers are not those whose first manifestations 
are the most striking. The noise of jjowder exploding, 
which is often heard in this neighborhood while the rocks 
are being removed — which divide one arm of the old 
Hudson from the other — this noise startles the whole 
neighborhood and attracts the notice of all ; yet how great 
was the power that patiently, so to speak, gradually, 
time after time, and part after part, piled up that mass 
of rock which is before you, on the other side of the 
church ! And yet it was not attended with any noise — 
with any outward manifestation of its progress. You read 
its power in the immense results which have been brought 
about by it. So it will be — so let us all pray it may 
be — with this Chui-ch of Manhattanville, which now has 
progressed only a little, but which, let us hoj^e, will 
arise and tower up in time, so that the attention of the 
passer-by may be attracted to it from a distance, and 
his admiration be excited and aroused as he nears the 
sacred building, and as he goes on his way, leaving it 
behind him. ... It is consoling for you to know 
that in the eye of God, and in the eye of the Chm-ch, 
your work is looked upon with the same respect, the 
same admu'ation, the same veneration, as all the greater 
works of your brethren in the faith, of whose under- 


tixkinii's ill other lauds \t>u are daih' iiifornied. Yet even 
the representative of the Hoi}' Fatlier, who has so often 
gazed Ujjon tlie h)ft}' walls of St. Peter's, knows there 
is no difference between the simple altar which will be 
here in this place and the magnificent structure in Rome 
at which mass is celebrated. He has seen tlie Father 
of the Faithful engaged in offering up the Sacrifice of 
Atonement; and he, also, in different times, has cele- 
brated the Holy Sacrifice within the sacred Avails of that 
holy building. And yet the interest he feels in his heart 
in seeing what you are engaged in, is the saiue as what 
he feels there, so far as faith is concerned. Do not 
believe that in making these remarks I mean to say 
the work in which you are engaged is not a noble 
one, for I am informed that it will be larger than the 
usual size of Catholic churches in tlie City of New York ; 
and I am sure it will not only be an honor to you 
but to the whole island. But the works of man, what- 
ever they may be, are acceptable to Almighty God 
only Avhen offered in a proper spirit. . . . Tliere 
are men probably present who remember to have gone 
on a journey to Rev. Mr. Power of St. Peter's Church, 
when Christian consolation Avas wanted in such a place 
as Manhattanville. And since that time Iioav much has 
been done in the increase of the city ! How inucli has 
been done for the increase of the number of those 
belonging to our religion, and of the churches in which 


we may worship ! But while we are siuToiinded by 
temporal blessings, which go on increasing, we must 
not forffet the benefits which have been showered on us 
by Him who is the Giver of all good gifts. 
Show j-OTU- gratitude to God by offering at His slnine 
a portion of your goods from time to time. Stand by 
your pastor, and do not desert him. Do not let your 
zeal cool until the building which you have begun has 
been completed — until your fi'iends and yoiu-selves will 
be gathered here again, not to witness the laying of a 
corner-stone, but to witness its dedication to the worship 
of Almighty God." 

At the close of the address the Niuicio gave his 
benediction, and the vast assemblage departed. 

Standing- among: the crowd who witnessed the cere- 
mony, with his head uncovered from its commencement 
to its close, notwithstanding the Ideak wind of November 
that was blowing, Avas the venerable form of Thomas 
O'Conor, one of the earliest pioneers of the Catholic 
press in America — an author of nci slight repute among 
us — whose recollection carried him back to the time when 
the old St. Peter's Church was the onl)- shrine of Cath- 
olicity on the whole of Manhattan Island. 

His illustrious son Charles O'Conor is a striking 
figure not in the city only, but in the country ; but his 
venerable father long held in the affections of the Cath- 
olics of New York a place that ought not to be forgotten. 


The cluii-ch was to be aiKitlK-r tribute of tlie love 
of the people to the Blessed Virgin. Besides tlie church 
dedicated to her as St. Mary, there is a church to honor 
the special privilege by which she Avas preserved from 
the taint of original sin in her immaculate conception ; 
and this church was to honor the mystery of the In- 
carnation, when the archangel Gabriel announced to her 
that she was to be the mother of the Messias, whom 
the patriarchs had longed to see and behold. It was to 
be like a perpetual Angelus announcing that "the Word 
Avas made flesh." 

By the exertions and sacrifices of the pastor, the 
church was at last completed in the winter of 1854 — a 
beautiful structure in its picturesque position on the hill- 
side fronting- the Blooming'dale Road, now Broadway-. It 
was solemnly dedicated, in the winter of 1854, by the 
Very Rev. William St;irrs, Vicar General of the Diocese, 
the Archbishop being then absent iu Europe. The sermon 
on the occasion was delivered by the Rev. J. Murray 
Forbes, who, taking as his text, " Behold, from henceforth 
all generations shall call me blessed," showed how reason- 
able and how consoling to the Christian heart was the 
devotion paid by the Church to the Blessed Virgin. 

The cluu'ch is fifty-seven feet in width by ninety in 
depth, of the ancient Gothic style, solidly built of l)rick 
trinnned and pointed witli stone fiicings. ^^'h('ll completed, 
it cost abont S25,0()() ; and all this was paid except about 


$10,000. It had some liberal benefactors. The chancel 
windows Avere the gift of Charles M. Connolly, Esq. 
When the Churt'h of the Annunciation was erected, the 
grades of the streets had not been definitively settled, 
and in opening- the Boulevard so much was cut away 
that the sacred edifice now stands on an eminence tower- 
ing hiffh in air. Its architecture, idain and almost stern, 
inspires a kind of awe ; but as you enter, the mellow light 
tlu-ough the stained glass at the sides and in the chan- 
cel, through pictured evangelists, gives a holy calm. In 
the lancet-shaped apsis stands the beautiful altar, with a 
painting of the Annunciation and another of the Immacu- 
late Conception. Within the rail, just at the edge of the 
recess, are altars of the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph ; 
and to the riglit, at the extremity of the aisle, is a Chapel 
of the Sacred Heart, exquisite in taste. 

Among the prominent pew-holders were Dr. Levi 
Silliman Ives, who laid down at the feet of the successor 
of St. Peter the insignia of his position as Bishop of 
North Carolina in the Protestant Episcopal Church, and 
his wife, a daughter of Bishop Hobart, once bishop of the 
same church in Ne\\' York, who wavered under the argu- 
ments of Bishop Connolly, but never embraced the faith. 

The Christian Brothers carried out their plan, and 
on the ground retained by them erected Manhattan Col- 
lege, one of the most thriving and good-doing of our 
Catholic literary institutions. 


The Rev. Mr. Donnelly was succeeded in the charge 
of the churcli by the Rev. F. H. Fan'elly, now pastor 
of St. James', who for four years labored efficientl}- in 
this parish. It was under the pastoral care of the Rev. 
Jolin Breen for thirteen years, until his death, February 
18, 1873. 

This zealous pastor, who, dying at the age of fifty, 
was one of the oldest laborers in the ^'ineyard of New 
York diocese, was a native of Ireland, trained for the 
service of God's altar in the solid and thorough course 
of Maynooth; coming to this country to labor among 
the wonderfully increasing fold of Catholics, who seemed 
to arise as if by enchantment in all j)arts of the vast 
American continent. 

His first mission duties were discharged in the Diocese 
of Chicago ; then he was identified with the Church of 
the Annunciation, laboring earnestly in a parish extend- 
ing from Fifty-ninth Street to Spuyten Duyvil. In the 
cause of education he was deeply intei'ested, and not 
only established schools for his own parish, but was for 
eight or nine years one of the jirofessors in Manhattan 

On his decease the Most Reverend Archbishop placed 
the faithful of Annunciation parish under the j^astoral 
care of the Rev. Jeremiah J. Griffin. 

The church has excellent facilities for its parochial 
schools ; it is in the innnediate vicinity of the Convent 


of tlie Ladies of the Sacred Heart, and ]\Ianhattan C!ol- 
leg-e. Some of the Brothers uf the Cliristian Schools 
from the latter institution direct the boys' school of An- 
nimciation parish, numbering three hundred and twent}^, 
while three hundred and seventy girls attend a scliool 
where they are taught 1)}' Ladies of the Sacred Heart. 
The jn'eat advantages thus afforded to all classes in this 
parisli for the Clnistian and Catholic education of their 
children are incalculable. The poorest can give their 
young a thorougli religions training in the parocliial 
schools of tlie church. To those who can and will enrich 
the minds of their offspring Avitli the liighest literary cul- 
ture, IVIanhattan College, and tlie Academy of the Ladies 
of tlie Sacred Heart, within their very parish, offer ad- 
vanta<res of the lii"-hest order. 

The parish of the Annunciation can scarcely foil to 
show, as years go on, the resiilt of all these advan- 
tages now enjoyed. It shows its religious life in its Altar 
Society, Society of the Holy Rosary, Confraternity of the 
Sacred Heart, its Sodality of the Childi'en of Mary, and 
Young ]\Ien's Sodality, as \xe\\ as in its benevolent organ- 
izations — the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and the 
Sewing Society for the Ilulief of the Poor. 

The Sunday-school is mcII organized, numbering tliree 
hundi'ed pupils, with a library of five hundred ■\vell-selected 

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THE present pastor of the Church of the Annun- 
ciation was born in Newcastle, County Limerick, 
Irehxnd, in March, 1830, and came with liis family to 
this country when only in his tenth year. After some 
years' preliminary study he was sent to JMount St. j\Iary's 
College, at Emmettsburg, Maryland, in 1856 ; and having 
resolved to devote his life to God's service, was soon 
enrolled among: the seminarians in that school of the 

At the conclusion of his theological course he was 
ordained by Archbishop McCloskey, at St. Patrick's Cathe- 
di'al, on the 30th of September, 1865, 

He has since been constantly engaged in laborious 
parochial duty. The young priest's first position was 
that of assistant at the Church of the Nativity, and 
after fulfilling his duties acce])tably there for tliree years, 
he was removed to the more onerous duties of assistant 
at St. Stejjhen's Church, where he remained for three 
years more. 

The ability displayed by him in these jjositions in 
the city mission led to his apponitment, in 1872, to the 



Chiirch of the Assumption, at Peekskill. Here he dis- 
played the same zeal and devotion to his sacred calling, 
and when the j)astorship of the Church of the Annun- 
ciation, at Manhattanville, became vacant by the death 
of the reverend gentleman who liad for many years 
guided the flock, the Archbishop promoted the Rev. Mr. 
Griffin to this church, in April, 1873. Here his zeal has 
been unremitting, and his Eminence the Cardinal, on 
his visitation for confirmation, paid a merited tribute to 
the pastor and the church. His assistant is the Rev. J 
M. Grady. 





THERE can be little doubt but that the Catholic 
luivlgatoi' Gomez, at the close of the tirst quarter 
of the sixteenth century, entered our harbor on the feast 
of the great Franciscan, St. Anthony of Padua ; and, 
himself a Portuguese, felt especial devotion to that glory 
of his native land. We draw this conclusion from the 
fact that other coast names are those of summer feasts, 
and in the name of St. Anthony applied to our noble 
Hudson, we see the first dedication to that great saint. 

No church, however, Ijore his name until the year 
1859, when a zealous Italian priest was touched by the 
condition of his poor countrymen in New York. Many 
of these, having none to address them in their native tongue, 
had fallen into utter neglect of their i-eligious duties, 
while the revolutionary element, full of hatred of religion 
and the priesthood, did all in their ^^ower to weaken the 
pious impressions of early training ; and the devom-ing 
wolves of religious jjroselytism, who cared little for the 
temporal or eternal future of their victims, so that they 
hu'ed them from Rome, strained every nerve and lavished 
money to seduce the poor Italians from their faith. 


Rev. Mr. Saiig-uinetti obtained a lease of tlie cliiiicli 
buildiiiy ill Canal 8treet, wliicli had Kccu used by the 
congregatiou of St. Vincent de Paul, and with the sanc- 
tion and eiicourayeinent of tlut Most RevcMviid Archbishop 
began to collect his scattered countrvnieii and endeavored 
to revive l)iety and devotion among them. His labors 
were far from fruitless; but dilficulties arose, and the spirit 
of evil was not .so easily dri\en from a field tliat he 
claimed. The good priest, after struggling for more than 
a year, lost heart, and, tlioi-oughl\- discouraged, abandoned 
the mission wdiich he had undertaken. 

But the Churcli of St. Anthony of I'adua was not 
to be merel}- a name, 'Hie wants of tlic Italians had 
become evident, and maiiv among them were not dis- 
posed to let the 2'i"".i''<'f t'-iil. The Most Reverend Arch- 
bi.sliop mentioned his diflicult\ to the Very Rev. Pamfilo 
da Magliaiio, tlien Pro\ incial of the Franciscans at Alle- 
o'lienv. Nothinti' could hv, more consoliiii>- to that excel- 
lent religious man, and he gladh- undertook to establisli 
a church for his countrvmen. Tlie Re\. Leo Pacilio, an 
acconipli.shed Neapolitan jiriest, was sent to commence the 
good work. 

Selecting- a portion of the cit\- wher(_' no ('atliolic 
church existed, lie looked f(H' a suitable l)uildin;^'. Pru- 
dence suggested ec<niom\', and tindiiiL;- in Sullixan Street 
a Methodist church ou leasehold propertx' that could Ik; 
acquired on reasonable terms, he secured it, ami soon 


fitted it lip for tlie use of the Italian congregation whom 
he gathei-ed. 

The church was solemnly dedicated on the 10th day 
of April, 1866, by the Most Reverend Archbishop, now 
Cardinal McCloskey, assisted by the Very Rev. William 
Starrs, V.G. ; and the Rev. Francis McNeirny, secretary. 
After the usual ceremonies setting apart this building 
for the service of the Church, the altar was adorned, and 
a Solemn High Mass celebrated by the Very Rev. Pam- 
filo da Magliano, Father Leo da Saracena as deacon, and 
Father Andi-ew Pfeiffer as subdeacon. The Most Reverend 
Archbishop preached the dedicatory sermon ; and after the 
Post Communion, the pastor, Rev. Leo Pacilio, returned 
thanks to the Archbishop in Italian, expressing the grati- 
tiide of his flock. In the evening, at vespers, the Rt. 
Rev. Bishop Lynch of Charleston gave benediction, and 
an Italian sermon was delivered by the learned Dr. De 
Concilio of Jersey City. 

The Fathers at first took up their abode in part of 
'the building, which they found arranged so as to be 
adapted to the purpose, and zealously began their labors. 
When the success of St. Anthony's was no longer in 
doubt, a more convenient residence was obtained. The 
Italians soon found then way from all parts to the 
new church, and benefited by the ministrations of the 

Father Leo was succeeded by F. Joachim Guerrini. 


The convent was then for some years the residence of 
the Provincial of the Order in this country. The Very 
Rev. James Titta, who was attached to the chvu-ch from 
1871, remained when made Provincial, and after the con- 
clusion of his term. He was a native of Gombitelli, and 
after his ordination in 1854 belonged to the choir of the 
Lateran Basilica. He died Guardian of the Convent and 
pastor of St. Anthony's, March 11, 1877, highly esteemed 
by the flock which he had directed, now embracing not 
only Italians but many English-speaking Catholics, who 
have learned to appreciate the sons of St. Francis of 

The present Guardian of the Convent and pastor of 
the churcli is the Rev. Father Anacletus, O.S.F. 

Such is, in brief, tlie history of the church dedicated 
to the great Franciscan saint, in whose lionor Father 
Louis Hennepin, two centuries ago, named the cataract 
on' the Upper Mississippi, still known as the Falls of St. 
Anthony ; .and in whose honor the Spanish Franciscans 
soon after named a mission in Texas, which has now 
become an episcopal see. 

He is called of Padua, because that city was the 
chief scene of his labors ; but he was a native of Lis- 
bon, the capital of Portugal. He was born in 1195, 
and christened Ferdinand. He fii'st entered a conmivinity 
of Canons Regular, but was attracted to the Franciscans 
by their zeal, poverty, and heroism in the foreign mis- 


sious. Kiiteriiiji- Miuoiiy them, he took the luuiie of An- 
thony, and was sent to Africa; l)nt forced by ill health 
to leaAC, the vessel in which he embarked was driven to 
Sicily. In Italy he had the ha])piness of seein<>- St. 
Francis jiimself, bnt, concealing all his gUia and learning-, 
took the huiuldest duties in the house, until one day his 
superior ordered liim to address the conmnmity and some 
Dominicans wlio were stopping with them. His eloquence, 
learning and unction amazed all ])resent. St. Francis, 
learning his aliilitA' and piety, sent him to Vercelli to 
complete his stmlies and then to teach theology, which 
he did tor man\- vears in various cities, liut he long'ed 
to beconu? a missionarv j)reacher. AVhen he was per- 
mitted to begin, he concerted the most obstinate heretics 
and the most hardened sinners, and preached in France, 
Spain and Italy with wonderful .sviccess, God approving 
his work by miracles, and giving him in the confes- 
sional supernatural wisdom and ])rudence. His words 
brought the tvrant F/Czelin<) in tears a ))enitent at his 
feet. He died .Tune l.'Uli, \'2:'A, at the earlv age of 
thirty-six. The miracles wroiight in his life and after 
death were so extraordinar>' that he was almost immedi- 
atelv canonized, and was honored thnmghout all parts 
of Europe long Ijefore the discoverv of America. The 
Franciscan missionaries, pioneers of the faith in the Xew 
World, l)ore the devotion with them from the snows of 
Canada to the banks of the T^a Plata. 


Tilt' Fathers at our New York churcli iK'<;-lect no 
means to ditiuse piet\' anion;;- their flock. 'Vlw Society 
of St. Vincent de Paul, so zeahins in reheving- tlie poor, 
is well established; and there is also the Italian benev- 
olent Soeiet}' <»f St. Anthony. Thev have orpmizcd 
rosary and temperance societies for liotli Knglisli and 
Italian-speaking Catholics, witli the Children of ^[arv, 
and a Sodality of tlu^ H'^b' Angels, and a Society of 
the Sacred Heart. 

The Franciscans have a Third < )rder, for persons of 
both sexes living in the world, but following to some 
extent the rule of St. Francis. There are Tertiaries con- 
nected with this church, and also the Confraternity of 
the Cord of St. Francis. 

Education has received special care. The late Father 
James Titta Itought a suitable biiilding and established 
a parish school, in which English and Italian are taught ; 
the bovs bv lay teachers, the girls Ijy the ]\[issionary 
Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. 

The field open for the labors of the Fathers of the 
Chm'ch of St. Anthony is one that day by day increases. 
Under the old rule in Italy, living was low; and in no 
part of the world perhaps was there a more contented 

The dream of Italian unity has been realized, and 
it has resulted in a profligate and expensive court, a 
civil administration reckless of expense, a standing arun- 



that takes nearly a nilllion of men, in the pnme of hfe, 
from the pursuits of industry, and compels the rest of 
the community to support them. 

The seizm'e of church property and its sale did little 
to fill the exchequer, drained Tjy the new outlays. Taxes 
were multiplied, and many small cultivators were forced 
to abandon the lands held hy their ancestors for cen- 
turies. New Italy drove her childi'en hy the thousands 
from her shores, to seek a livelihood in other lands. The 
emigration to America took a rapid development, and 
with the Avorthy and industrious came, of course, many 
whose evil courses made tliem gladly seek a change. 
The City of New York, the natural centre of immigration, 
has received Italians by thousands, so that they are now 
found in all branches of ti'ade and labor, the luiskilled 
taking in many cases the work on railroads and other 
improvements, which was formerly almost exclusively per- 
formed by ihe stalwart men from Ireland. 

These emigrants, in a new and strange country, ^ith 
none of the influence of their parish priest or religious — 
their quiet riural homes exchanged for city tenements — 
were exposed to a loss of faith. 

It will thus be seen that the Chm-ch of St. Anthony 
of Padua, being the only one in the city devoted exclu- 
sively to the care of the spiritual interests of the Italian 
residents, has an immense work. 

(^ri./. K^ 




THE present Guardian of the Convent and pastor 
of the Chiu-ch of St. Anthony of Padua, the Rev. 
Father Anacletus, is a niemlier oi the Reformed Francis- 
cans or Recollects, who commenced their labors in this 
State in the year 1855, and for several years jiast have 
conducted a flourishing- college at Allegany, and missions 
in various parts of the country. They thus revived the 
holy memories of the Franciscan missionaries of the French 
and Spanish colonial period, when the}' were the first 
missionaries in Canada, New Mexico, Texas, and Upper 
California, and reddened Florida with the blood of their 

Father Anacletus was born on the 2d of June, 1836, 
at Roccagorga, a town in the Pontifical States, and ^\-as 
baptized Uvo days after, by tlie name of Anthony j\Iar}', 
his family name being De Angelis. 

His early piety led him to serve frequently as a 
boy at the altar, and at the age of eighteen he renounced 
the world to enter the Franciscan Order sit Rome. There 
he read pliilosophy for tlu-ee years, and came to tliis 
country December ?>d, 1865, to join the American Pro- 



viuce ot liis order, lie litis lalxircd ze;i,l(msl\- in \arious 
missions, doing- witliout ostentation the ])riestlv dntics in tlie 
convents and chnrclies under the care of liis connnnnitv. 

His merit was soon recognized hy liis supeiiors and 
liis brethren, and he was placed in positions of n^sponsi- 
bility, requiring- not only zeal and })ietv, hut tliat a(hinn- 
istrative ability which is not g-iven to all. 

He was ma(h' Cluardian of the Convent and ('(dleo-e 
at Allegany, New York, the principal liouse of the Friars 
Minors of the Reform in America. He then was ap- 
pointed to the same position in the convent of his order 
at Winsted, Connecticut ; and subsequently was made 
Guardian of the Convent and pastor of St. I'atrick's 
Cluirch in the City of liuffalo. 

He has, it will be seen, lieen in several dioceses, and 
has in all Avon the esteem of the Right Reverend Bishops. 

He has been for some years connected with the 
Church of St. Anthony in this city, and, on the death 
of the lamented Father Titta, A\as made Guardian of the 
Convent and pastor of the clmrcli. 

His experience in the monastery, his knowledge of 
the wants of his countrymen in America, with his zeal 
and ability, give the hope that his ministr}^ in New York 
City will be a fruitful one. 

His associates in 1878 are Father Leonard P. Mc- 
Kernan, O.S.F., Father Camillus da lifotefegatese, O.S.F., 
and Father Julius da Arpino, O.S.F. 







Berk, Aflolpli. 
Hogan, I'liomas. 
Rrosnan, Daniel M. 
Brown, Tliomas, Mrs. 
Carvey, Patrick. 
Cavanagh, James F. 
Cloke, James. 
Cody, Tobias. 
Connors, Michael. 
Conway, Annie, Mrs. 
Crowley, Dennis. 
Daly, Jane, Mrs. 
Daly, John B. 
Devaney, Patrick. 
Donlin, P. E. 
Downey, John, Mrs. 
Duffy, Bernard, 
Dwyer, Timothy. 
Eagaii, Michael. 
Eagleton, Thomas. 
Egan, Maria. 
Eustace, Richard. 
Ferguson, Dennis G. 
Finn, Patrick J. 
Fitzimmons, Felix. 
Flynn, Catharine. 
Frost, John. 
Gallagher, John. 
Garry, Michael J. 
Garvey, Michael. 
Gillooly, Patrick H. 
C.leason. Patrick. 

Hassett, Thomas H. 
Haight, William A. 
Healey, Edward. 
Heffernan, James. 
Hickey, Patrick. 
Higgins, Patrick. 
Holland, Philip. 
Hughes, Henry. 
Hurley, Edward, 
Kane, William James. 
Kelly, Dudley. . 
Kelly. Edward. 
Kelly, James J. 
Kennelly, Patrick. 
Lawless, William. 
Lynch, Maggie. 
Lynch, Patrick. 
McCormick, Richard. 
McCullough, Daniel. 
McDermott, John. 
McDonnell, Charles. 
McEntee, James. 
McGinn, John. 
McGrath, John. 
McKenna, Bernard. 
McKernan, M. F., Mrs. 
McNabb, Catharine, Mrs. 
Madigan, Michael. 
Manning, James j . 
Meagher, John. 
Meagher, Joseph. 
Monahan. Michael. 

Morton, Caroline, Mrs. 
Nash, P. H. . 
Nicholson, Mary, Mrs. 
Nolan, Catharine. Mrs. 
Nugent, H. 
O'Brien, James. 
O'Connor, John. 
O'Connor, Samuel. 
O'Connor, Thomas. 
O'Day, John. 
O'Ro'rke, B. 
Rathe, Julia, Mrs. 
Reilly, Hugh, 
Reilly, PhiHp. 
Rogers, Josejih. 
Rouse, Katie. 
Ryan, John H. 
Sanders, John. 
.Scannell, John. 
Selveira, Jos. W. M., Mrs. 
Sharkey, ^Lartin. 
Shorten, Patrick. 
Sinnott, Matthew. 
Smith, Margaret, Miss. 
Smith, Patrick. 
Tobin, John J. 
Walsh, Jolm. 
Walsh, John. Mrs. 
Walsh, Michael. 
^\'ard, James J. 
Ward, John. 
White. John. 

on u HO II or the assumption. 




TOWARDS the year 1858, the increase of the Ger- 
man Catholic popuhition on tlie western side of 
the city seemed to require greater accommodations than 
were afforded by the chm-ches of St. Jolm the Baptist 
and St. Francis Seraph. The Rev. A. Krasny, AAath 
the encouragement and by the appointment of his Grace 
Archbishop McCloskey, took steps to organize a new 
congregation. He found the faithful ready to co-operate 
with him. A lease was obtained of a lot on the south- 
east corner of Ninth Avenue and Fiftieth Street, and on 
this a plain but substantial frame building was erected, 
and dedicated by the Very Rev. William StaiTs, Vicar 
General, in April, 1858, as the temporary Chm-ch of the 
Assumption. He preached on the occasion in English, 
and a sermon in the language of the congregation was 
delivered at the mass. 

Soon after, three lots were purchased in Forty-ninth 
Street, between Ninth and Tenth Avenues, for the pur- 
pose of erecting a more substantial chm-ch, to accommo- 
date the constantly increasing flock. The corner-stone 


ot" tlie new Church of the* Assuniptiuu was laid by the 
Jlost Rev. Archbishop McCloskey, on Sunday, the first 
day of Mav, 1859. Societies connected with the Church 
of the Most Holy Redeemer, St. P^ancis Seraph, St. 
Francis Xavier, St. John's, and the Society of St. Vin- 
cent dc I'jud, marched to the spot. The Archbishop, 
attended bv the Rev. Francis McNeirny, the Very Rev. 
W. Brouillet, V.G., and a number of other clerg-ynien, 
performed the ceremony as laid down in the ritual ; 
and after blessing;- the corner-stone, returned to the deco- 
rated platform, where he delivered one of those hapj»y 
and touchino- addresses wliidi sink into the heart. Tak- 
ing as his text the words of the I'salni, "Unless the 
Lord build the house, they labor in vain Avho buihl 
it," he said : " These words are taken from the ser^'i(■e 
used in blessing the corner-stone of a C'atholic church, 
because it is the corner-stone, and l)ecause the Avords 
of the roval prophet, ' Unless the Lord build the house, 
they labor in vain who Ituild it,' are the corner-stone 
of all true religion. There are two foundations, then, 
one of which is a material stone, and the other a cor- 
ner-stone of faith in Christ. To this last I call your 
attention ; for e\ery j^raAer and chant and ceremony 
connected with blessing the cc>rner-stone of the cluu'ch 
which is to rise on this ground, is connected with that 
hio-her Church and Tabernacle to which we ai-e all in- 
vited. The prayers are for the perpetuity of the faith, 


tlui c'lijinty and love, and iW ])unty of licart of those 
wlio shall enter this building' and receixe tlie sacraments 
at th(! altar, which is to be where I now stand. The 
[Mirposc for ■which the church is to l)e erected is to 
echo and re-eclio, from age to age, that blessed truth 
which the Son of God connnunicated to the world, and 
declared should remain for all time. The clnn-ch is 
erected for the administration of the sacraments. The 
idea of a Catholic church is not for learned men to 
mount a rostrum and declare their own ideas to the 
|)eoi)h^ No! they were to speak the truth, and not 
give opinions; for Jesus Clirist never gave opinions." 

He congratulated the Gennan Catholics on their zeal, 
and urged them to persevere to the completion of their 
projected church. Tlic Imilding of the new churcli Mient 
on rapidh", and a tine brick edifice, with a lofty steeple, 
the caps and trimmings of durable brown stone, attested 
to all ^vllo visited that part of the city, the zeal and 
taste of the cong-regation. 

When this new church was dedicated and opent^l for 
service, the temjiorary Churcli on Ninth Avenue was sold. 
The church was for many years under the pastoral care 
of the Rev, Benedict Stroehle, who was succeeded in the 
year 187() b\- the Kc\-. A. Schwcmiiger. 

From an earlx' ]M'i-io(l in the annals of this church 
we iiuil care o-iven to the Cbristiau education of the Youuf;-. 
To^vards the close of Rev. Mr. Stroehle's pastoral relations, 


several lots were purchased on Fiftietli Street, in the rear 

of the chui-ch, and a very fine brick school-house erected 

at a cost of about twenty-five thousand dollars. The 

schools are attended by about four hundi-ed and fifty 

jjupils of both sexes, who are instructed in all the com- 

mon school branches by eleven School Sisters of Notre 

Dame and some lay teachers. 

The congregation numbers about five thousand souls. 

and the annual baptisms about tlu-ee hundi'ed. 

Roll of Honor. 


Ackefman, Carl. Foerscli, Caspar. Kessler, -A.dolph. Ohverter, George. 

Ackerman, John. Foerscli, Joseph. Kinake, J. Y. Orlh, George. 

Albert, I'eter. Friedrick, Carl. Kirchof, John. Ostermann, Mrs. 

Amberg, John. Frish, John. Kirchhoefer, George. Panzer, Joseph. 

Balk, ApoUonia. Froehrenbach, Peter. Koch, Kdward. Pfeiffer, John G. 

Baumaun, Edward. Frost, Matthew. Koester, Hermann. Reichwein, Joseph. 

Bauniel, John. Fuchs, Attila. I'^rug, Christina. Reit\\'iesner, John. 

Bechner, Joseph. Gebhardt, Anna. Knorr, Morris. Renz, Frank. 

Berneziser, Mrs. Gerde^, Clemens. Lambert, Margaret. Roose, D. A. 

Beyer, John. Graf, Theodore. Lang, Dorothea. Roesncr, John. 

Biegen, Frank. Grau, John. Latour, Peter. Rottper, Joseph. 

BoUe, Frank. Gross, Anton. Lauterbacher, Alois. Rudloff, Jacob. 

Brehm, Anna. Gross, John. Loehr, Barbara. Ruprecht, Thomas. 

Breitenbach, A. Grundner, John. Loehr, John. Saum, LdA\'ard. 

lirex, Jolin. Habermann, Michael. Maling, Philip. Schaefer, Sebastian, 

Brunner, Peter. Hachenfurth, Mrs. Mansing, Henry. Scheidler, Joseph. 

Bueffel, Jacob. Haeckel, Conrad. Mark, George. Schindler, Michael. 

Burger, Joseph. Haeckel, Michael. Martin, Bernhard. Schmoeller, Louis. 

Burkardt, Nicholas. Hartmann, CJeorge. Marschall, Frank. Schneider, Matthew. 

Dettinger, Andrew. Heil, George. Mehl, Conrad. Schramm, Stephen. 

Diebold, George. Heimbuch, W. Mrs. Melilig, Frank. Schwarz, Adam. 

Diepenbach, A. Heiss, Dorothea. Mehlig, Henry. Senger, Martin. 

Dinselb.acher, A. Hilbert, Anton. Meurer, George. Seuferling, A. 

Duerr, Kunigunda. Hoev, Joseph. Messing, John. Simon, Josephine. 

Duenglemann, Berish. Jordan, Frank. Meyer, Conrad. Stehle, Mrs. 

Dux, August. Jordan, Frank, Jr. Meyer, George. Stelz, John. 

Englert, August. Jordan, Joseph. Mink, Joseph. Trageser, Michael. 

Ewald, Andrew. Jordan, Philip. Muehlberaer, Adam, Waas, George. 
Falk, Jacob. "Kappler, Christian. Nicholas, John. ^\'eber, Balthazar. 

Fleckenstein, George. Kemner, Joseph. Noll, Peter. Zucker, IVLargarct. 




THE Rev. Bernard A. Scliwenniger was born at 
Selm, in Prussia, on the 23d of Sej^tember, 1832, 
an<l after a thorough com-se of study, both hterary and 
ecclesiastical, was ordained priest June 9, 1857. He came 
to the United States in January, 1866, and having been 
received by the ]\Iost Reverend Archbishop Purcell in 
the Diocese of Cincinnati, was appointed assistant to 
the Very Rev. Josepli Ferneding at the Church of St. 
Paul, in Cincinnati, and in 1870 was appointed to the 
new Church of St. Louis, on Eighth and Walnut Streets 
in that city. Here he remained as j^astor till 1875, Avhen 
he removed to the Diocese of New York, and was placed 
in the following year, by his Eminence Cardinal Mc- 
Closkey, in charge of the Chiu'ch of the Assumption. 

The Rev. Mr. Schwenniger has aroused an earnest 
interest among his congregation, and placed the affairs of 
the parish on a most creditable footing. The schools 
tlu-ive under his fostering care, and the congregation seem 
to act in the utmost harmony with their pastor. 







FEW years since a portion of Westchester County 
was detached from it and united to the City 
of New York. This causes us to include among the city 
churches some which were formerly regarded as country 
parishes. Among these is the parish of St. Augustine, 

The Catholics in that part of Westchester County 
were attended from St. Paul's Church at Harlem, but in 
1855 the Rev. Stephen Ward was sent to establish a 
mission and erect a church, to afford the faithful greater 
advantages for the practice of their religious duties and 
the education of their childi'en. There were man}' diffi- 
culties, but in 1858 he secm-ed ground for a site, and 
prepared to erect a chmxh after the designs of Mr. H. 
Engelbert, a skillful architect. It was to be of brick, 
with brown stone facings, and to be fifty-one feet by one 
hundred feet in length. 

The l\Iost Reverend Archbishop Hughes laid the 
cornei'-stone on Sunday, the 12th of September, 1858, 
assisted by the Very Rev, William Starrs, V.G., Rev. 



Messrs. Brophy, Neligan, Brennan, Morrogli, and Fathers 
Schneider and Daubresse of the Society of Jesus; Rev. Mr. 
McNeirny acted as master of ceremonies. After the con- 
clusion of the 231'escribed ritual, the Archbishop addressed 
the large audience joyfully gathered to witness the auspi- 
cious commencement. His text was from the first Epistle 
of St. Paul to Timothy, iv. 1: "Now the Spirit manifestly 
saith that in the last times some shall depart from the 
faith, gi^'ing heed to spirits of error and doctrines of 
devils." He said that they had all come there to witness 
a ceremony — a religious ceremony — which would a])pear 
to many a new one. " It will be reported in the papers 
merely as a material ceremony, and the Avorld cannot 
comprehend the use of svich a one ; biit we have the text 
of Scripture for it — the authority of the Holy Catholic 
Church. We all know that the first man and woman 
transgressed, and that the material world was cursed in 
consequence ; that the Son of God was sent to redeem 
the world, and that the Church has power to redeem 
some portion of this earth from this curse. The Church 
with her prayers has a])pointed this portion of ground 
to the worship of God. The sanctity of the prayers has 
taken the original malediction from this g-round." 

Before he closed the Archbishop said that he wished 
to revive an old custom. He did not wish any collec- 
tion made among the j^eople present, but ^^'ished to see 
them come up in order and lay their off"erings on the 


corner-stone itself. He valued the custom much. The 
faithful, with the vitmost order, responded, and as each 
passed the stone, he made it in some sense his o^^^l by 
his contribution. 

The church of Morrisania was thus begun under the 
invocation of the great St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 
the Doctor of the Church Avhose burning love for God 
is always symbolized in art by a flaming heart. The 
oldest city in the United States has, for more than 
three centm-ies, borne the name of this great Father. 
Philadelphia had long possessed a church dedicated to 
his honor — a martyr church, burned for the faith preached 
within it. It was fitting that New York too should 
honor him. 

St. Augustine, Aurelius Augustinus, the son of Patrick 
and Monica, was born at Tagaste in 354. He was care- 
fully educated, but lost his innocence, and was seduced 
by the Manichean heretics. In vain his pious mother 
used tears and prayers. Her son seemed obdurate ; Heaven 
.seemed to deprive him of the graces he had forfeited. 
While a brilliant professor of rhetoric, the moment of 
mercy came. He was moved l)y the preaching of St. 
Ambrose, was sincerely converted ; and, having received 
baptism in 387, he devoted himself to austerity and 
prayer. Having gone to Hippo, the Bishop Valerius 
ordamed him priest. He so distinguished himself in con- 
founding the heretics that a council made him coadjutor 


to Valerius, and lie died Bishop of Hippo, in 430. His 
"City of God," "Confessions," his "Commentaries," and 
other works, have been prized in every age of the 

Under such powerful patronage, the Rev. Mr. Ward 
went bravely on, and in 1860 completed his church. It 
is in the Lombardo-Italian style, with tlu-ee entrances, 
and a spire 125 feet high. The aisles are twenty feet 
high, and the nave, separated from the aisles by octagon 
colimans, has a false clerestory thirty feet high. The 
chancel is carried up the full height of the chm'ch, with 
octagonal ends, forming an apsis, the rich chancel arch 
being supported by large columns. There are two sacris- 
ties and an organ gallery across the west end. All the 
windows are of stained glass, presented by members of 
the congregation. In the windows over the altar you 
behold Our Lord and His Blessed Mother, while those 
on either side show the figures of St. Peter and the 
holy patron of the church, St. Augustine. The Church 
is large enough to seat a thousand persons, and cost 
fifteen thousand dollars. 

Archbishop Hughes took great interest in St. Au- 
gustine's, but was prevented b}" illness from dedicating 
it to the service of God. That solemn ceremony was 
accordingly performed on the 30th of September, 1860, 
by the Rev. Francis McNeirny, now Bishop of Albany. 
When, by the rites of the Church, the building was thus 


set apai't for the worship of Grod, the altar was properly 
adorned and prepared for the offering of the Holy Sacri- 
fice. High Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Mr. McNeir- 
ny, and an eloquent sermon preached by the Rev. Thomas 
Mooney, pastor of St. Bridget's, whose choir volunteered 
their services on the interesting occasion. 

At the solemn vespers, the Archbishop was able to 
administer confirmation, which Avas thus conferred to a 
hunch'ed and thirty children of the parish, the very day 
the clnu'ch was dedicated. 

The Rev. Mr. Ward continued his labors among the 
flock whom he had gathered around the altar of St. 
Augustine, till his death, June 22, 1863, at the age of 
sixty-three. Pie was succeeded by a younger priest, the 
Rev. J. P. Woods, born and educated in New York, full 
of zeal, never sparing himself in labors for the good 
of his people. After being a faithful priest and father 
to his flock, he died prematvu'ely, on the 20th of January, 
1875, broken down by his constant and holy toil. 

Seldom has a priest in so brief a career won not 
only the attachment of his flock but the respect of his 
fellow clergymen, by his constant devotion to his duties, 
his love for the beauty of the house of God, his care 
for the fitness of the music, where his admirable taste 
guided him, his patience with the erring, his compassion 
for the weak, his love for the poor. 

Thouffh the Funeral Mass was celebrated at the 



Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, that house of God was 
crowded by the congregation of St. Augustine, who came 
from MoiTisania to pay a last tribute to the good priest 
whose ministry they had enjoyed ; and the Altar Society 
placed at the head of the coffin a beautiful floral ofi"ering 
Avith the inscription, " To our beloved Pastor." 

The affection of the flock was not a blind rever- 
ence; the attendance at his obsequies of no less than 
ninety priests, and the eulogy pronounced by the Rev. 
Dr. McGlynn, showed that the clergy at large honored 
him as one of their most exemplary members. 

Under the present pastor, the Rev. John McNamee, 
St. Augustine's has advanced rapidly, and holds a credit- 
able place among the chm'ches. 

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J4>o^ k^'ia^^u^ 




THE life (-)f a ])riest on a laborious city mission 
is .seldom marked l)y great deeds. Ilis triumphs 
are often enemies not seen ; liis victories, in wresting 
sovds from the spirits of evil, and the men who wit- 
tingly or imwittingly lend themselves to aid their work 
in defeating all that our Redeemer has done for the 
salvation of mankind. 

The priest who confronts pestilence or contagion — 
who sacrifices rest, health, life, to fly to the bedside of 
the Catholic, who perhaps, long estranged from God, calls 
on him for the sacraments he has neglected in health — 
finds and seeks no one to herald his labor. 

His consolation and his triumphs are generally bmned 
in the secret of his own heart. 

In the sketches here given we can profess to enter 
into no detail of this heroic career of the priest, but 
simply gi\e the few facts of external life that meet the 
general eye. 

The present jiastor of St. Augustine's Church was 
bom in the Count}- Longford, Ireland, on the 12th of 
September, 1847. From his boyhood, his early inclina- 



tion was evinced in unmistakable signs to be not for 
this world, but for the ser\nce of God. This vocation 
was not lost. He was educated for the priesthood in St. 
Mell's Seminary, Longford, and there made choice of 
America as the field in which he hoped to spend his 
priestly career. Having come to tliis country in 1864, 
lie entered the College of the Society of Jesus, at 
Worcester, Massachusetts, where he was graduated with 
honors in 1866. He immediately jwoceeded to St. Joseph's 
Seminary, in Tro}', -where, imder the guidance of the 
excellent professors of that provincial school of the clergy, 
he completed his course of theology and other ecclesias- 
tical studies. On the 22d of May, 1869, he was pro- 
moted to the jiriesthood, receiving ordination from his 
Eminence Cardinal McCloskey, at that time Bishop of 

The first field assigned to the young priest was the 
position of assistant at St. Mary's Chm-ch, Clifton, Staten 
Island, where he remained till November, 1871. He was 
then called to St. Patrick's Cathedi-al, where he discharged 
the laborious duties of assistant till the 15th of Feb- 
ruary, 1875. 

The experience acquired under a venerable priest in 
a countiy parish was thus increased by experience as 
assistant at the Cathedral. On the death of the Rev. 
Mr. Woods, the Rev. Mr. McNamee was chosen pastor 
of the Church of St. Augustine. 





Bevgen, Margaret. 

Gavin, Frank. 

Monighan, William. 

Bradley, Mrs. 

Geraghty, Michael. 

Mooney, Edward. 

Bowes, J. 

Gilligan, Henry. 

Morris, Hugh. 

Boyle. Neil, Mrs. 

Gillignn, Mary. 

Mulliall, Mrs. 

Bracken, John Henry. 

Gilligan, Patrick. 

Mullaney, Mary., E. 

Gleeson, Michael. 

Mullany, John. 

Brady, Thomas. 

Green, J. J. 

Murphy, John. 

Brien, James. 

Hanlon, James. 

Murray, Patrick. 

Brown, James. 

Hannon. P. C. 

Nagle, William. 

Browne, Edward. 

Haugh, George. 

Nailon, Edward. 

Bryan, M. 

Hawkins, Ellen. 

Nolan, P. 

Biirgen, Adam. 

Hogan, J. C. 

O'Brien, Edward. 

Burns, Michael. 

Johnson, Jane, Mrs. 

O'Connor, John. 

Byrnes. Bernard. 

Johnson, John. 

O'Connor. Michael. 

Callighan. John. 

^xeane, Mrs. 

O'Dell, Miss. 

Campbell, Hugh J. 

Kearney, Mrs. 

Oechs, E. 

Cannon. John. 

Kehoe, Edward. 

O'Hara, Patrick. 

Cantwell, Michael. 

Keiley, James. 

O'Leary, Margaret. 

Carpenter, Thomas. 

Kelly, JIary. 

O'Rourke, Miss. 

Cassidy, James. 

Kingston, John. 

O'Toole, John P. 

Cassidy, Michael. 

Kingston, 'SVilliam. 

Pearl, John. 

Clark, John J. 

Kinsella, John. 

Perry, J'lavius J. 

Condon, John. 

Kirby, John. 

Peters, John. 

Conors, E. 

Kuntz, W. J. 

Regan, Mrs. 

Cooney, Mary. 

Leahy, Mrs. 

Reilly, Mary. 

Corbett, James, Mrs. 

Lynch, J., Mrs. 

Rodney, E. Miss. 

Cornell, John. 

Lyons, .\nn. 

Royce, Mrs. 

Coyne. Catharine. 

McAulilTe, Thomas. 

Seebor, John. 

Cullen, Thomas, Mrs. 

McCabe, Francis. 

Sheeian, Edward. 

Cunningham, Michael. 

McCarthy, Miss. 

Sheridan, Bridget. 

Dolan, Maggie. 

McDonnell, John. 

Shorn, John. 

Donnelly, Patrick. 

McGough, Henry. 

Slavin, Patrick, Mrs. 

Doomen, Patrick. 

McGuire, Hugh. 

Smith, John. 

Borland, Miss. 

Mcllman, John. 

Smith, M ichael C. 

Doud, Thomas. 

McKenna, C. 

Stone, William. 

Drummond, Mrs. 

McKnilT, James. 

Sullivan, Patrick. 

Duane, James. 

McMahon, Dennis. 

Tiernan, Eihvard. 

Duggan, P. 

McM.ihon, James. 

Tierney, Miss. 

Dunne, Eliza, Mrs. 

McMahon, John. 

Traynor, Owen. 

Egan, Mary. 

McMahon, William. 

Tuthill, E. 

English, Thomas. 

McNamara, E. 

Tyrell, John. 

Fagan, Patrick. 

McNulty, P. 

Wall, John. 

Farrell, James. 

McShane, Hugh. 

Walsh, John. 

Ferrigan, Hugh. 

McWilliams, Catharine 

Webb, i'eler. 

Finn, John. 

Mahoney, Andrew. 

Whelan, John. 

Fitzpatrick, Francis, 

Meeghan, Joseph. 

White, Mrs. 

Galvin, P. 

Melville, Rose. 

Woods, John. 





THE last strains of the Salve Regina always call 
to mind tlie great St. Bernard, the glory of the 
Cistercian Order, and call to mind also one of the grand- 
est cathedrals of Em-ope, that of Spii'es ; for it was there 
that, as the monks receiving him chanted the Salve 
Regina, he added the words, " clement, pious, 
sweet Virgin Mary ! " 

Doctor by his learning, apostle by his heart-reaching 
sermons, combining the highest spiritual gifts with great 
activity and capacity for external affairs, St. Bernard is 
eminently a type for our times, a saint worthy of es- 
pecial patronage. 

The Fathers of the Church are not unhonored among 
us. St. Augustine, St. Jerome, St. Alphonsus are in- 
voked as holy patrons. St. Bernard, too, was to be 

"In the year 18GS, the Most Reverend Archbishop 
McCloskey deemed it necessary to lay off a new paro- 
chial district on the west side of the city in order to 
relieve the other churches. To organize the faithful, and 
in time erect a suitable church, he selected the Rev. 


Gabriel A. Healy, then assistant at St. Peter's Church. 
As a temporary chapel this clergyman pui'chased an old 
wagon factory on West Thirteenth Street, belonging to the 
Knickerbocker Ice Company, a building in a most wretched 
condition. It could, however, it was found, be restored 
so as to use for a chapel without danger. After making 
necessary repaii's, the reverend pastor was enabled to fit 
up the second story as a chapel. 

It was opened on "Wliitsunday, May 31, 1868, when 
mass was for the first time celebrated. The parish was 
soon thoroughly animated with a life and spirit of its 
own ; the permanency of the new congregation was as- 
sured. The ground for a church worthy of our faith 
was selected, and the temporary chapel was accordingly 
dedicated with the solenm rites of the Chm-ch on the 
4th of April, 1869, by his Grace the Most Rev. Dr. 
McCloskey. After tliis consoling ceremony, a High Mass 
was celebrated b}' the Very Rev. William Starrs, Vicar 
General, with the Rev. William Quinn of St. Peter's as 
deacon, and the Rev. John Hughes as subdeacon. Rev. 
Francis McNeirny being master of ceremonies. A sermon 
was delivered by the Most Reverend Archbishop, and 
another in the evening by the Rev. Dr. McGlynn. 

If the commencement was poor and liumble, and 
the place once but the loft of wheelwrights, high digni- 
taries of the Church did not disdain to encourage the 
faithful by their presence. So zealously had the pastor 


set about liis duties that before the end of another 
year, May 12, 18G9, the Ai-clibishop again visited the 
humble but fervent chapel to administer the sacrament 
of confirmation to two hundi'ed children, who had been 
prepared for its reception. 

Rev. Mr. Healy had meanwhile purchased, on the first 
of May, a site for the new church on West Fourteenth 
Street, between Eig-hth and Ninth Avenues, and estab- 
lished a Chm-ch Building Association to aid in the good 
work. Fairs, excursions, and other modes of interesting 
people in the church, with direct collections, showed 
so liberal a response as to justify the pastor in commenc- 
ing St. Bernard's on the 8th of May, 1872, by excavat- 
ing the ground to lay the foundation. The corner-stone 
was laid on the 11th of May, 1873, by the Most Rever- 
end Archbishop, assisted by the Rt. Rev. David W. 
Bacon, Bishop of Portland, and the Rt. Rev. Francis 
McNeirny, Bishop of Albany. Various societies connected 
with the chm'ch attended, and the faithful gathered in 
vast crowds, regardless of the threatening weather, so that 
it was estimated that nearly ten thoiisand persons were 
present. They were eloquently addressed on the occasion 
by the Rev. M. J. O'Farrell, of St. Peter's Church, New 

Encouraged by the Archbishop, priest and people 
went zealously on, though the general financial distress 
of the country, throwing thousands out of employment, 


made many unable to aid as generously as they desired. 
The church was, however, at last completed, and on the 
30th of May, 1875, solemnly dedicated to St. Ber- 
nard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church, by 
his Eminence Cardinal McClo'skey. It is the pride of 
the pastor and his flock that their church is the first 
dedicated by an American Cardinal. The sermon at the 
High Mass was delivered by the Rt. Rev. B. J. Mc- 
Quaid, Bishop of Rochester. A rich scarlet velvet throne 
was erected for the first American Cardinal, and the altar 
was di-aped with the same color. The altar was extremely 
rich and tastefully adorned, as were the two side altars 
of the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph, while the elegant 
stained glass windows poured in rays of tinted light, which 
made the procession as it filed into the sanctuary re- 
sjilendent; and showed the ancient faith in all the grandeur 
of its ritual. 

The Archbishop congratulated the faithfvil on the suc- 
cess of all their labors and sacrifices. " Much of the 
success of this grand undertaking," said he, "is due to 
the zeal, i^iety, and energy of your beloved pastor, who 
has toiled night and day to complete the work. To- 
day he sees in some sense his reward. You have all 
labored with him, and whatever you have given, you 
have given with whole hearts, and you will find your 
reward hereafter. But in finishing this temple to Al- 
mighty God, all is not accomplished, great as yoirr 


sacrifices have been. There is much yet to be done. 
You have built a temple for the present, as it exists ; but 
during- the next ten years, crowded as it is to-day, there 
%yill be still larger crowds within its walls. I wish you 
all the blessing- of the Almighty God present in this 
church to-day, and ask }'ou to remember that hereafter, 
in another temple not built by human hands, we may, 
if our lives are pure and our paths in the way of God, 
meet together in that temple which is above." 

The piety of the congregation has been sustained by 
every available means. Missions, most consoling in their 
beneficial influence, were given by the Redemptorist 
Father in the temporary church in 1872, and by the 
Jesuit Father Damen and his associates in the new and 
elegant edifice in 1875. 

Eight hundred and five persons were confirmed in 
the humble temple first occupied, and five hundred and 
thirty-two in the autumn of 1875 in the new church. 

The chm-cli edifice itself is a conspicuous monument 
of the piety and zeal of priest and people. Of a true 
ecclesiastical style, grand and imposing, it attracts the 
eye of thousands passing up and down the adjacent 
avenue, and none has any occasion to inquire what the 
building is, for it speaks for itself, that it is a Catholic 

We mio'ht call it the Church of the " Memorare," so 

much has that prayer, di'awn from tlie ^vorks of St. Ber- 


nard, by "The Poor Priest," Father Bernard, done to 
stimulate piety to the Blessed Virgin and keep alive the 
memory of the holy doctor. 

St. Bernard was always one to influence others. 
When he renounced the world and resolved to enter a 
monastery, he did not go alone. Full of zeal for others, 
he induced no less than tliirty of his young- companions 
to join him, and the influence of his eloquence showed 
itself in the realit}' of their vocations. They saved 
Citeaux, which was almost abandoned, antl infused such 
a new life that in 1115 Claii-vaux ^^■as fovuided and Ber- 
nard made abbot. His monastery became a hi\'e for 
bishops and abbots ; he even saw one of his monks 
raised to the Hoi}- See. He was the light of several 
councils, caused Europe to recognize Pope Innocent II. 
and reject the Antipope Anacletus ; and saved Europe 
from Saracen invasion by his exertions to rouse the 
princes and warriors of the West to undertake a crusade. 
Amid all his active life he seemed to be ever in prayer 
or at studv. His works breathe the most tender piety, 
with the learning of the theologian and the brilliancy of 
the poet. 

The Order which he raised, as it were from the 
grave, spread in his day to England and Ireland. He 
was thus brought in contact with our fathers in the 
faith. St. Malachy died in his arms, and found a biog- 
rapher in tliis holy doctor of the Chui-ch. Thus endeared 


to ireliiiid, the Cistercians acc(>iu})lislR-(l \vi>iRk'rs in ruut- 
ing the truths of rehgion so deep in tlie liearts of those 
they taught that no persecutions could tear them from 
the faith of St. Patrick. 

As if to carry out the devotion of the ]u>\y patrt)U 
to Our Lady, all the important events in the history of 
the . parish are recorded in the month of May. The 
site of the church was bought in May, 1867 ; the first 
work begun in May, 1872; the corner-stone laid in May, 
1873, and the dedication in May, 1875. 

The church with its g-rounds cost over two hundi-ed 
thousand dollars — the church proper Sl85, 320.50 — and 
nearly half this amount has been already paid. 

As assistants in the good work of the pastor we 
find the names of Rev. Messrs. James Galligan, Michael 
Brennan, Bartholomew Galligan, Patrick J. Ilealy, Patrick 
S. Rigney, and William J. O'Kelly. His associates at 
present are the Rev. William J. Foy and the Rev. John 
J. Riordan. 

The Society of St. Vincent de Paid has been organ- 
ized for the relief of the poor; a Temperance Society 
to give strength and encouragement to the weak, and 
preserve sobriety ; the Rosary Society does its holy work ; 
the Childi'en of Mary, with kindred societies, nourish 
the piety of the young ladies, while the young gentle- 
men find in St. Bernard's Literary Union, and Literary 
Association, a centre for social intercom-se and the 


strengtliening of sound principles and literary culture. 
The societies belonging to the chui'ch number in all 

These church associations are a peculiar want of om- 
time. The sodalities and confraternities instituted in the 
Church for union and prayer, and enriched with indul- 
gences and fxvors by the Sovereign Pontiffs, attract the 
pious, but fe^\ men can be drawn into them. 

While Masonic Lodges, Odd Fellows, and secret 
societies of every name and form permeate the whole 
fabric of society, and are constantly alluring Catholic 
men and youth to enter them — cutting themselves off, 
though they do, from the Chm-ch and its means of grace, 
by passing their portals — it is evident that the fostering 
of associations in which Catholics can and will come 
together for benevolent, literary or other j^m-poses, is one 
of the great needs of our time. 

In such associations each becomes an element of 
sti'ength to his brother, and the whole a tower of 
strength. The Catholic is no longer isolated. He feels 
that he will be sujjported in fidelity to his religion ; he 
becomes a hundred-fold more deeply interested in his 
church and its interests, in all works of charity, in the 
relief of the poor; and, above all, he liegins to feel how 
much depends on a sound Catholic education, and what 
it behooves every man to do for the maintenance and 
perfection of oui- system of parochial schools. 




THE Rev. Gabriel A. Healy is a native of New 
York City, born October 20th, 1841, and baptized 
in its oldest parish — St. Peter's. He was of a studious 
tiu'n, and after some early training at the school of the 
Cliristian Brothers, in Canal Street, entered the College 
of St. Francis Xavier, in Fifteenth Street, in 1853, and 
went through the course with credit. He was graduated 
in 1860, and having determined to embrace the ecclesias- 
tical state, was sent by the Archbishop to pursue his 
coui'se of theology in the great seminary of St. Sulpice, 

Havino- here stored his mind with the dogmatic lore 
and the moral theology, as well as the Scriptural know- 
ledge and the principles of the canon law, he returned 
to his own diocese, and in September, 1864, Avas ordained 
subdeacon, deacon, and priest, by the Right Rev. James 
Roosevelt Bayley, D.D., then Bishop of Newark. 

The first position assigned to the young priest was 
that of assistant in his native parish, of which the Rev. 
William Quinn was then rector. Here he remained about 
tlu'ee years and a half, establishing a reputation as a priest 


whose future promised great usefulness to souls in the 
Church of God. 

His zeal and piety, with a readiness for business 
management so necessary and requisite in a j'rifst who 
has to organize a new flock and erect a church, when 
all the resources have to be drawn from voluntary con- 
tributions, were all displayed so clearly in the Rev. Mr. 
Healy that all saw he must soon be called to a sjihere 
where these qualities would find employment. 

Wliat he has accomplished in the establishment of 
St. Bernard's parish and the erection of the noble church 
has already been told ; and this constitutes his biography. 
He has the talent of interesting all his people in his 
projects, so that they take them up as really some- 
thing for their own good and the good of their chikben 
after them — not anything for his benefit or even the grati- 
fication of a personal vanity to be flattered by their accom- 

Feeling proud of their church, and anxious to see it 
completed and freed from debt, the parishioners of both 
sexes have been prompt to act on the least suggestion, 
and as societies have been formed among them to suit 
the tastes of all, the pastor in guiding them is brought 
in contact with all his people, who are not left in mere 
apathy to see him struggle, Ijut all become workers in 
the good cause. 







Arneel, Robert. 
Ashe, Gregory. 
Baklvvin, Patrick J. 
Begg, Kate M., Mrs. 
Bell, James. 
Bennett, John. 
Bodine, Kdmond. 
Boylan, Michael. 
Burns, William. 
Butler, William. 
Byrne, Martin W. 
Cagney, fames. 
Carroll, Roger. 
Carroll, Thomas. 
Clarke, Thomas. 
Cleary, John. 
Conway, John M. 
Coogan, Patrick. 
Curbett, Bernard. 
Corrigan, John P. 
Craven, Patrick. 
Crosson, Thomas. 
Crumley, James. 
Cussen, John. 
Deane, George B. 
Delany, Mary, Mrs. 
Devanney, James P. 
Devine, James. 
Devine, Michael. 
Downey, Bridget M. 
Dowiring, Delia, Mrs. 
Driscall, Timothy. 
Dugan, Michael, 
Dunn, Ann, Mrs. 
Dwyer, Timothy. 
Early, Edward. 
Fealy, James. 
Feeney, Peter. 
Fitzgerald, Honora, Mrs. 
Filzsinimons, Thomas, 
Flynn, Michaeh 
Flynn, P. H. 
Fogarty, Michael. 

Fogarty, Patrick A. 
Fowley, Delia. 
Francy, 'I'homas. 
Frazer, John P. 
Gallagher, Michael. 
Garvey, Bernard. 
Geary, Patrick W. 
Godby, George W. 
Goley, Mary.. 
Grifiin, Jeremiah. 
Hagen, Mary, Mrs. 
Ilalpin, Matthew. 
Halpin, William. 
Halsted, Justin J. 
Hamill, Anthony. 
Hanlon, Richard. 
Hart, Patrick J. 
Healey, John J. 
Healey, Thomas F. 
Hernon, James. 
Herrick, C. Mrs. 
Herrick, William J. 
Higgins, Daniel. 
Higgins, John. 
Hoaghland, I. C. 
Holtan, Kdw.ard. 
Hui^hes, Catharine, Mrs, 
Kenelian, Richard F. 
Kennedy, John. 
Larkin, Felix. 
Leonard, William. 
Linherr, John A. 
Logue, Philip. 
Lynch, Mary Teresa, Mrs. 
McDermott, John. 
McDcrmott, Lawrence. 
McDermott, William. 
McDcmald, John. 
McDonald, Joseph. 
McGee, Michael. 
McGovern, Hugh. 
McGrory, Honora. 
McGuire, Michael. 
Mcllhargy, John. 

Mclntyre, Margaret, Mrs. 
McLoughlin, Kclward, 
Mc.Manus, Ann, Mrs. 
Meehan, Terence. 
Minerd, Edward, 
Molloughney, Michael, Jr. 
Mooney, Christopher. 
Mulry, Thomas. 
Mulry, William P. 
Murphy, Michael J. 
Murphy, Thomas. 
Murphy, William. 
Murray, William. 
Murtlia, Thomas. 
O'Connell, John. 
O'Donoghue, Dennis. 
O'Neil, Charles J. 
O'Rourke, Owen, 
O'Shaughnessy, Michael. 
Penny, James. 
Purtill, William. 
Quinlon, Catharine. 
Rafferty, John. 
Reilly, P.atrick. 
Reynolds, Lawrence. 
Roach, John. 
Rogan, John. 
Rooney, James. 
Rourke, John. 
Rowan, James. 
Ryan, Cornelius L. 
Ryan, Edward. 
Ryan, George. 
Ryan, Patrick. 
Scanlan, Michael J. 
Scanlon, Michael. 
Sheridan, Bridget, Mrs. 
SkiiTrnglon, Margaret. 
Smith, Alfred. 
Walsh, Jolm. 
Walsh, Mathew J. 
Wilson, .\ndrew. 
Woods, John. 






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IT was fitting' that the great City of New York, with 
its vast German population, should have a church 
dedicated to the illustrious St. Winfrid, who renounced 
his abbey in Saxon England to become the apostle of Ger- 
many. Born in Devonshire about the year 680 ; trained 
to virtue and the perfection of the monastic state, he 
became a preacher of wonderful power over the souls of 
men in his own land ; and then, burning with zeal to 
bear the light of the gospel to the heathen tribes of the 
Low Countries and Germany, he endeavored to convert 
the King of Friesland. He was soon after made abbot, 
but renounced the dignity to gi^-e himself entirely to the 
conversion of the heathen. 

Encouraged by the blessing of Pope Gregory II., 
St. Winfrid, or Boniface, as he now began to be called, 
baptized thousands in Bavaria, Tliuringia, Friesland, 
Hesse, and Saxonv, and was made by the Pope, Bishop 
and subsequently Archbishop of Germany, and legate of 
the Holy See. He is thus the great central figure of 
the German hierarchy. His see was fixed at Jlentz, 
which is the metropolitan church for Germany. After 


convening several councils, in which every precaution was 
taken to guard the faith, St. Boniface renewed his 
apostolic missions, and was put to death by the heathens 
June 5, 755, obtaining the crown of mart}T and apostle. 

His body, enshrined at Fidda, has been a pilgrimage 
for more than a thousand years, and veneration to him 
is inseparable from the heart of a true German Catholic. 

In the year 1858, a few who deserved that name, 
and who resided in the Nineteenth Ward of New York 
City, resolved to take steps for the erection of a new 
church as a safeguard for the faith of their families. They 
collected among the Catholics of that neighborhood, 
$792.88, and borrowing more, purchased tlu-ee lots of 
ground on the south-east corner of Second Avenue and 
East Forty-seventh Street, as a site for a church to be 
dedicated to the w^orsliip of Almighty God, under the 
invocation of the great saint who closed his missionary 
career by so noble a martyrdom. 

On the ground thus acquired stood an humble frame 
structure sixty feet in length by twenty in breadth, 
which had been used as a carpenter's shop. It was 
now to be sanctified by its dedication to a worship of 
which its original builders knew little. The fiiith which 
had its cradle at Bethlehem has in New York City be- 
gun in many parishes with homes as devoid of all 
luxman pomp and show as the grotto near the holy city 
of David — the future shrine of religion, in bold and 


grandest iircliitecturc, rising- from the world-despised be- 
jjinnina- as did the t'aitli itself. 

Skillful hands soon transformed the workshop of the 
artisans dear to tlic heart tif St. Joseph into a tempo- 
rary chapel. The Most Reverend Archbishop Ilug-hes not 
only encouraged the work, but came on the 17tli day 
of October, 1858, to dedicate this modest edifice to the 
service of Almighty God. He Avas attended by his secre- 
tary, the Rev. Francis McNeirny, now Bishop of Albany, 
and performed the ceremony of dedication. The church 
was simple and humble, but the majesty of Catholic 
worship ennoljles the spot. Said a missionary of two 
centuries previous, who had reared in a day a bark 
chapel at Onondaga : " It is true that for all marbles 
and all precious metals we emploj'ed only bark ; but as 
soon as it was built it was sanctified by the baptism of 
three children, to whom the way to heaven was opened 
as wide beneath these layers of bark, as to those Avho 
are held (ner fonts beneath vaults of silver and a'old." 

The chui'ch was dedicated to the service of Al- 
mighty God under the invocation of St. Boniface ; and 
the Rev. Matthew NIcot, whom the Most Reverend 
Archbishop had apjiointed pastor of the new church, as- 
cended to the altar which he had reared, and Intoned 
the solemn sacrifice of the new law in the presence of 
the chief pastor of the diocese. The pulpit was occupied 
that day by the Rev. Ambrose Buchmeyer, pastor of the 



Church of St. Nicholas, in Second Street, the pioneer of 
the German churches in our city. 

The pastor began his mission labors with the bless- 
ing of God and the patronage of the great-hearted English 
saint of old ; and he is laboring still among the same flock. 
The fold was soon too small. In abovit tliree years he 
found it necessary to enlarge the dimensions of his chapel 
by new additions. This even did not suffice, and a second 
enlargenient was required. 

In the year 1868, the congregation, who had gone 
on modestly and quietly, resolved to replace the tenqjo- 
rary stmcture by a more substantial edifice. The original 
chapel was accordingly removed, and a neat and modest 
brick church, suited to their wants and means, was erected 
in that and the following year. It did not aspire to 
rival the great cathedrals of Europe. The country liad 
just emerged from a tremendous civil war, and times of 
financial trouble were at hand. The church accommodates 
about one thousand, and with its neat altar and decorous 
service, attracts many hearts more than edifices A\liich in 
their splendor seem to divert rather than inspire devotion. 

This new Church of St. Boniface was dedicated in 
May, 1869, by Father Bonaventura Frey. 

While content with a modest church, the congrega- 
tion covdd afibrd to make sacrifices for a school, and in 
the year of tlie dedication of the new church, erected a 
convenient school-house. 


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li E V . j\I A T T II E W N IC T , 


THE Rev. Matthew Nicot, founder and for the 
last twenty years pastor of the Church of St. 
Boniface, is a native of the province of Lorraine, bom in 
what was the Department de hi Meurthe, France, before 
that unhappy war in which the house of Bonaparte lost 
what the Bourbons had won. He was bom in the year 
1820, and was educated at Pont-a-Mousson and at Nancy. 
He was ordained in 1846, and having resolved to labor 
for the good of souls in this country, where so great 
need existed, he came to America in 1857, and was for 
a time assistant to Rev. Annet Lafont, in the Church of 
St. Vincent de Paul, and also at St. Ann's, before he 
took charge of the flock which assumed as its holy patron 
the great apostle of Germany. 

From his installation there, he was also for some 
time chaplain of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Good 
Shepherd and of the penitent ^^■omen under their charge. 

In 1869, he erected a convenient school-house on 
two lots of ground which he had prudently purchased 
some years before. Here tlu^ee hinidred and fifty pupils 
are regularly instructed in English and German. 


Tha next }-ear the pastor purchased a modest pas- 
toral residence, No. 307 East Forty-seventh Street, oppo- 
site the chureli, the shaded court leading to the home 
of the priest of St. Boniface. 

The couirreiration numbers about twelvt- Juuidred, 
and the annual baptisms add eighty to the tlock. 

St. Boniface has, among- other aids to piety and 
zeal, a tlu-iving- Altar Society — in which the ladies show 
their love for the beauty of God's house — and a Rosary 

lie has not generally had an assistant, discharging 
alone the duties of his j^arochial charge among the coit- 
gregation to whom a ministry of nearly a quarter of a 
century has endeared him. 

The life of a priest in his daily ministration — his 
offering the Holy Sacrifice, the recitation of his office, 
his i)rivate devotions, his supervision of his schools, visits 
to the sick and those Avho need his word of encourage- 
ment, baptizing the infant, instructing and directing 
those A\'ho come to learn the truth, long hours spent in 
the confessional, the Sunday and holiday with their ex- 
hausting service, two masses, perhaps, and vespers — all 
this has little that strikes the unobservant eye, Init where 
zealously and faithfulh' dischai-ged these duties make a 

career heroic. 

Roll of Honor.— August Wolf; Bernard Wenning; F. A. 
Newman; Charles Spilea; William Michels, jr.; Edward Kennedy; Mrs. 
Caroline Feist; Patrick Crowe. 

(J HUH on or satnt b hid get. 





BOUT the year 1848, the Rev. Richard Kern, a 
young- and brilhant priest, while pastor of the 
Chui'ch of the Nativity, saw that another church was 
needed in the eastern part of the city, and resolved to 
erect a temple to the ]\Iost Hig-h, which should be 
under the especial patronage of the Mary of Ireland, 
one of the wonder-working Triad whose names are al- 
ways associated in the reverence of Irish hearts. 

The Rt. Rev. Bishop Hughes, ^^diose secretary the 
Rev. Mr. Kein had been for a time, encouraged him, deem- 
ing it easier to find one to replace him in a settled 
jDarish than to meet one so fitted for the creation of 
a new church. 

The Rev. Mr. Kein, a native of Meath, educated at 
Mount St. Mary's, and with four years' experience in the 
ministry, looked for a church site in a central position 
in the district assigned to his care and guidance. He 
found it on Avenue B, near Eighth Street, facing the 
East River, and fronting immediately on Tompkins 
Square, thus affording exceptional advantages for a church, 
with nothing to darken It in front or at the side. 


The faithful of the new parish of St. Bridget were 
soon aroused, and every feehng of devotion and rational 
pride impelled them to exertions to make the church of 
their holy patroness worthy of so great a saint. 

The Right Reverend Bishop, in order to aid by Iiis 
presence and influence, laid the corner-stone on Sunday, 
the 10th of September, 1848. An inniiense crowd gath- 
ered in the just connnenced church, filling platforms and 
rising walls to witness the imposing ceremonial and listen 
to the eloquent words of a bishop whose name and 
fame had spread tlu-ough tlie country. So great was 
the crush that one of the newly laid walls sank under 
the weight, causing some alarm, but fortunately no serious 
accident to mar the spiritual joy of the congregation, 
whose noble church had just received the blessing of 
God on its earliest work. 

So rapidly was the church completed that before 
the close of the year it was ready for the offering of 
the Holy Sacrifice. It is justly remarked l)y the })reseut 
23astor, that the erection of the church " was regarded at 
the time as an immense undertaking, and indeed even in om- 
day such a beautiful church would be a great monument 
of the zeal and self-sacrifice of any priest." Of Father 
Kein the late Archbishop Hughes made the remark, "that 
he ought to have a statue of solid gold erected in this 
church, to commemorate his toil and extraordinary en- 



The magnitude of the undertakiBg is enhanced when 
we reflect that Ireland had just passed tln'ough the terrible 
famine of 1847, and was convulsed by the throes of 
revolution, and that the calls on the charity of the Irish 
Catholics in New York were constant and pressing. 

On the 2d of December the Bishop again honored 
the church. It was solemnly dedicated to the worship 
of God, and a Solemn High Mass offered with the rich 
ceremonial, the exquisite music — all that zeal and piety 
could bring to add dignity to the first service. 

The church itself, in its vast proportions, in the 
symmetry of its architecture, in the size and adornment 
of its altar, was a great step in advance ; many of our 
earlier churches having been substantial and plain, with 
no attempt to copy the elegance that the builders of tlie 
Middle Ages threw into the churches of Europe. 

After comjjleting so noble a monument to the virgin 
saint of Erin, the pastor devoted himself to the build- 
ing up of a nobler temple in the liearts of his faithful. 
It was soon a well-organized parish, instinct with true 
Catholic life, and keenly alive to anything affecting the 
honor of St. Bridget's. 

Large as his church seemed to be originally for his 
congregation, it soon proved to be none too spacious. 
It was tlu-onged with devout worshij^ers ; the childi-en in 
the Sunday-schools, opened for their instruction, showed 
by their numbers the great want that had existed, and 


as early as Juiic 2,"), l<S5o, wc tiud tliu IM^lit Kevereiid 
Bishop confirming four liuudred and forty in this new 

The j)astoriil duties were too onerous for one clergy- 
man, and the pastor was assisted successively by the 
Rev. Thomas Farrell and the Rev. Edward Murphy. 
For the use of the parochial clergy, Rev. Mr. Keiii, in 
1851, erected a convenient pastoral residence. In the 
year 1852 it was evident that his health was irretrievably 
affected, and the Most Reverend Archbishop called to the 
parish one whose abilities and zeal were ever at his ser- 
vice where difficulties were to be encountered, the Do- 
minican Father Thomas Martin. The Rev. Mr. Kein sank 
gradually, and died at Westchester, January 9, 1854. 

Father Martin remained in the church as pastor, 
merely till everything was in proper order, when the 
Ai'chbishop selected as rector the Rev. Thomas J. i\Ioo- 
ney, a young priest ordained in January, 1853. This 
clergyman, in a pastorate of nearly a quarter of a cen- 
tury, identified his name with St. Bridget's Church. The 
Rev. Mr. O'P^arrell, at his funeral mass, said : — 

" Father Mooney had labored in the world by preach- 
ing the Word of God to the people of St. Bridget's. 
During all his priestly career of twenty-four years he 
had been connected with that parish, and scarcely ever 
left it. He was known by all as a friend to whom 
they could always come with confidence. In his private 


conversations, us well as in liis public preaching-, lie 
always endeavored to impress u})on his hearers the truths 
of" the Gospel. Father Mooney had also labored in tloc- 
trine — that is, he had always striven to promulgate the 
Catholic doctrines, especially by means tif education." 

He felt the vast importance of a truly Catholic 
training for the young, and at once after appointment 
set about meeting the great want. He established an 
excellent parochial school, placing the boys under Broth- 
ers of the Christian Schools, and the girls under Sisters 
of Charity. With convenient school-house, well-ventilated 
and Avell-furnished rooms, the parochial institution tlu'ove 
so that in a few years it had eight hvmcb'ed boys and 
one thousand girls receiving a thorough, and, what is best, 
a Catholic education. Besides this school he induced the 
Sisters to open St. Bridget's Academy in East Tenth 
Street, an excellent select school, which is attended by 
more than two hundi-ed pupils. 

At the commencement of the civil war, when the 
Sixty-ninth Regiment New York State National Guard vol- 
unteered for service and proceeded to the seat of war, the 
pastor of St. Bridget's offered to act as their chaplain, 
and his offer was accepted by Government. He dis- 
charged his duties during their term of service, and on 
the 14th of August, 1861, offered up a Solemn Requiem 
Mass in St. Bridget's for the repose of the souls of the 
deceased members of the regiment. The beautiful church 

CllUliCII OF ST. imiDGET. 22!) 

was draped in mouniiiiji-; a catafalque in the middle aisle 
represented the dead who were buried on the field uliere 
they had so gallantly fallen — the first of thousands of 
Catholics who poured out their life lilood for the pre- 
servation of the American Republic in its integrity. 

The Rev. Mr. Mooney celebrated the mass, assisted 
by the Rev. Mr. Brennan as deacon and the Rev. Mr. 
Asmuth as subdeacon, and closed the solemn service by 
some touching- remarks on the deceased. 

Returning to the seat of war as chaplain to the 
Irish Brigade, he, for a considerable period, exchanged 
the quiet routine of parish duty for the dangerous and 
stirring life of an army chaplain, serving also with the 
Irish Brigade in the terrible operations that so often 
devolved upon it. 

He resumed his duties at St. Bridget's with new zeal 
and his wonted activity, and not long after performed 
the marriage service between one of his parishioners, 
Lieut. Fitch, Engineer U.S.N. , and the daughter of W. 
T. Sherman, General of the United States Army 

His life of labor and usefulness was sadly closed. 
While driving home through Fifth Avenue on the e\('ning 
of September 11th, 1877, his vehicle was overturned near 
the corner of Forty-seventh Street by a heap of stones, 
carelessly left there and not lighted. Thrown violentl}- 
against the curbstone, his skidl was fractured. He was 
taken to the pastoral residence of the Church of St. 


John the Evangelist, but tliough hopes were entertained 
of his recovery, he sank rapidly, and expired on the 
13th. His loss filled liis parish with j^rofound grief. At 
the Reqiiieni Mass, the children of the schools and many 
of the people wore mourning. After the Office of the 
Dead, a Solemn High Mass was sung by the Rev. Mr. 
McGean, Bishop Con-igan of Newark, and Bishop Mc- 
Neirny of Albany, with nearly a hundi-ed priests being 
present. A fitting tribute to the deceased pastor was 
paid by the Rev. Mr. O'Farrell of St. Peter's Church, 
Barclay Street, taking as his text the words of St. Paul 
to Timothy : " Let the priests who do well be esteemed 
worth}^ of double honor, especially those who labor in 
the word and in doctrine." 

On the untimely death of this active and energetic 
priest, his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey appointed the 
Rev. Dr. P. F. McSweeny to the widowed parish. Under 
his care it advances in the way of prosperity. The 
schools maintain their high excellence, and though, owang 
to the prevailing depression in business and consequent 
distress among the humbler portion of the community, 
many are unable to continue sending their childi'en to 
school, they nmnbered in 1878, six hundi-ed and fifty 
boys and nine hundi-ed girls. 

In a parish so well conducted as St. Bridget's we 
naturally look for Catholic associations. They are a great 
means for bringing the members of a congregation into 



closei' union, in shielding tlioni from the .ittraction of 
forbidden societies, and in fostering piety, devotedness, 
and a feeling of jtride in flic clnirch and its work. 

St. liridget's lias long had an Altar Society of ladies, 
who love the beauty of God's liouse and altar, and affec- 
tionately contrlliute to its becoming adornment ; a Tiosary 
Society, in which that ancient prayer is recited in com- 
mon. The St. Bridget's Benevolent Association and the 
Conference of the Society of St. Vincent do Panl are 
the channels of Christian charity ; the Total Abstinence 
Society encourages those who find themselves too weak 
to resist a craving for drink, to renounce it altogether, 
strengthened by God's grace imparted in tlie sacraments. 

The Sunday-schools, -witli their good library, interest 
the young, for -whom a special mass is said e^-ery Sunday 

Roll of Honor. 

Arlhui', Rosaniia. 
Attritlge, JoliTi ('•. 
Halbert, Slary. 
Barry, James. 
Realty, Martin. 
ISl.alier, Julia, Mrs. 
Blackweil, TliOTuas. 
Blessing, Peter. 
Bowe, Peter. 
Boylan, Owen. 
Boyle, Mary. 
Braily, Ann, Mrs. 
Brady, Michael. 
Buckley, Daniel. 

Burns, John. 
Burns, Mark. 
Burns, Patrick. 
Burns, William. 
Burke, Michael J. 
Byrne, Patrick. 
Cafiry, Peter. 
Cagney, William. 
Cahill, John. 
Campbell, Francis. 
Cannavan, P. 
Carey, Andrew. 
Carroll, James. 
Carroll, Michael. 

Carroll, Richard. 
Casey, Peter. 
Casey, Robert. 
Cassidy, Patrick. 
Cassidy, Thomas. 
Clancy, Patrick. 
Clarke, .Mexander. 
Clarke, .\nn. 
Clifford, Cornelius. 
Clifford, Patrick. 
Conlan, Francis. 
Connolly, 'lliomas. 
Connolly, \\'illiam. 
Conroy, Julward. 



Conway, James. 
Conway, Maurice, Mrs. 
Corr, Thomas., Bridget. 
Cosgrove, James. 
Costello, Edward. 
Creedon, J.anies. 
Crosley, Elizabeth. 
Crowley, Cornelius, 
Crummy, Andrew. 
CuUen, Charles. 
Cunningham, M.ary, Mrs. 
Cunnion, James. 
Curry, Bernard. 
Daley, Thomas F. 
Deeley, Peter. 
Demjisey, James. 
Dennis, lilatthew. 
Devlin, Eliza. 
Devlin, William. 
Doherty, George. 
Dolan, Andrew. 
Donnelly, Catherine. 
Donnelly, Edward., Philip. 
Doran, Michael. 
Dowling, Tliomas. 
Doyle, James. 
Doyle, Martin. 
Doyle, Michael. 
Drumm, Peter. 
Dunn, Michael. 
Dunn, Thomas. 
Dunne, James. 
Dwyer, Dennis. " 
Eagan, Peter, Jr. 
Early, Catharine, Mrs. 
Eagan, James. 
Ellard, George. 
Facey, Margaret. 
Fay, Andrew. 
Feeney, John. 
Ferrigan, fane. 
Finley, John. 
Fitzgibbon, Gerald. 
Fitzpatrick, Patrick. 
Flemming, Wilhani. 
Flynn, James. 
Flynn, Mich.iel. 
Ford, Mary. 
Foster, Bridget, Mrs. 
G.artlan, Hugh M. 
Gilson, Julia. 
Gordon, Henry. 
Gormley, Michael. 
Hall, Catherine. 
Hall, Robert. 
Hal]iiii, I*eter. 
Hanlon, Bernard. 
Ilanly, Daniel. 
Hart, Christina, Mrs. 

Hayes, Dennis. 

Hayes, Jeremiah. 

Higgins, Mary. 

Hughes, Edward. 

Hughes, Patrick H. 

Hurley, Ann. 

Jackson, Rosanna. 

Johnson, Thomas. 

Keating, ICliz.abelh, Mrs. 

Keenan, Patrick. 

Kelly, James. 

Kelly, Thomas. 

Kenney, Michael. 

Kevlin, Henry. 

Kilday, Edward. 

Kirk, Thomas. 

Kirwin, Honora. 

Kress, William. 

Lally, Thomas. 

Lamb, Patrick. 

Lamont, Peter. 

Leacy, John. 

Le.ahy, John. 

Leddy, Michael. 

Lennon, Dennis. 

Levins, Peter. 

Limbeck, Jolin. 

Livingston, Mary, Mrs. 

McAlhatan, I'.ernard F. 

McAtamney, James. 

McAuley, Thomas. 

McAuliffe, Mary, Mrs. 

McCaffrey, Edwaril. 

McCann, John. 

McCann, I'atrick. 

McCann, 'i'homas. 

McCarthy, John. 
McCarthy, Mary, Mrs. 
McCauley, Thomas. 
McClernan, A. J., Mrs. 
McConville, C. M. 
McCormick, Catharine, Mrs. 
McCrossan, Patrick. 
McCue, P. J. 
McGovern, James. 
McGrath, Dennis J. 
McGuire, Francis. 
McGuire, James H. 
McGuire, William B. 
Mclnerny, Patrick. 
McKeevcr, William. 
McKenna, Ellen. 
McVey, William. 
Mackintosh, J. 
Maguire, Catharine. 
Mahon, James. 
Mahoney, Daniel. 
Mahoncy, Dennis. 
Mahoney, John. 
Maloney, (Jwen. 
Masterson, P. 
Miner, Jane, Mrs. 

Monaghan, Matthew. 
Monks, John. 
Moore, Patrick H., Edward. 
Mulcown, Robert. 
Mulgrew, Felix A. 
Mullen, Mary, Mrs. 
Mulligan, Margaret, Mrs. 
Midligan, Michael. 
Mundy, Neil. 
Murphy, Daniel. 
Murphy, F. W. 
Murphy, Margaret, Mrs. 
Murphy, Michael. 
Nash, Thomas. 
Nugent, Kliza. 
Nugent, Tliomas A. 
O'Brien, Edward. 
O'Brien, M. 
O'Connell, Adelia. 
O'Connor, Mary, Mrs. 
O'Connor, P. 
O'Keefe, Kiernan. 
O'Leary, Patrick. 
O'Meara, James. 
O'.Neil, Bridget, Mrs. 
O'Neil, Patrick. 
O'Neill, P. H. 
O'Reilly, Annie. 
Pelmer, Richard. 
Plumridge, Edwartl. 
Powers, Maurice. 
Purtell, James. 
Ratigan, Thomas. 
Rattigan, Michael. 
Reartion, John. 
Reilly, Patrick. 
Reynolds, Thomas J. 
Rigney, James. 
Riley, Tliomas. - 
Ripple, H. T. 
Rogan, I'etcr. 
Rogeis, James. 
Russell, James L. 
Sexton, Bernard. 
Sheil, John. 
Shorlill, Bridget, Mrs. 
Skelly, Michael. 
Skiftington, Terence. 
Smith, N. 
.Stanley, Kate. 
Stapleton, I lanicl. 
Star, Francis. 
Sullivan, Mauiice. 
Sweeney, Ann. 
Turpen, John. 
Tracey, Eliza. 
Turner, Isabella. 
Vaughan, John. 
Ward, Annie. 
While, Frank. 




THE \\ev. Dr. Patrick Francis McSweeny, the ])res- 
ent jiastor of St. Bridget's, was Loni in Ireland, 
July 9th, 1838. He came to America with his parents 
in April, 1849, in the eleventh year of his age. He 
was educated j)rinci})ally at the Jesuit College in Six- 
teenth Street, New York. In October, 1850, he entered 
the College of the Propaganda, in Rome. Diu-ing his 
stay in that world-renowned institution he was created 
Doctor of Philosophy in 1858, and Doctor of Divinity in 
1862. Having been ordained priest on June 14th of 
the last named • year, he retm-ned to New York, and was 
appomted by the late Archbishop Hughes to the assistant 
pastorship of St. Joseph's. In July of the following year 
he was transferred to the Cathedral. Here he remained 
till January, 1870, when he was sent as pastor to Peekskill, 
New York. In January, 1871, he was appointed pastor 
of St. Peter's, Poughkeepsie. There he divided his large 
parish, and fomided the present St. Mary's j^arish, liaving 
purchased the new church from the Universalists. He 
Ijuilt a spacious pastoral residence, enlarged the convent, 
;ind repaired and improved St. Peter's Church, \\ith()ut 


inciuTing any debts there. In 1872, he succeeded in 
placing the large Catholic schools of Poughkeepsie under 
the Public Board of Education in such a manner as to 
secure their maintenance from the public funds and their 
greater efficiency in the secular branches of education, 
while rather increasing than diminishing the advantages 
previously enjoyed in a religious point of view, and this 
without running counter in the least to the laws of the 
State or the principle of undenominational education in 
schools supported by the puldic taxes. 

In the actual position of the school question in 
America, every expedient that seems to offer a means of 
putting an end to the wicked and inhmnan injustice 
that taxes a lai-ge portion of the community for an ini- 
religious system of schools, when in conscience they 
cannot avail themselves of any but a system in which 
religion holds a part in forming the mind and heart of 
the young, is worth being tested. 

Catholics, so long as they believe in God and eter- 
nity, can never accept the present schools as they stand. 
Yet as a body they are powerless to effect any radical 
change, and meanwhile have to expend millions of dol- 
lars in affording an education for Avhich the State taxes 
them ; but, instead of an egg, tenders the child a serpent. 

In November, 1877, the Rev. Dr. McSween}^ was 
appointed to his present position ; his assistants being, in 
1878, the Rev. Hugh McCabe and the Rev. J. BjTon. 



TJIE Alost Reverend Arcliljisliop McCloskey, as 
early as tlie year 1863, in view of the increas- 
ing Catholic jwpiilation in that part of Ncav York Island, 
purchased for twenty-one thousand dollars a piece of 
property, on the north-east corner <tf Second Avenue and 
One Hundred and Fifth Street, sufficient for the erection 
of a suitable church, with a pastoral residence and the 
schools which in time Avould gather around the sacred 

For some years, however, the condition of the country 
made any further attempt unwise; but in 1873 the Most 
Reverend Archbishop deemed that the time had come to 
afford the Catholics In that })art the advantages of a 
cluu'ch. He confided the task of organizing the ])arish 
and erecting the new church to a jiriest who had, as first 
assistant at St. Teresa's, won the respect and attention 
of that cono-reffation. 

Placing his new parish under the patronage of St. 
Cecilia, the Rev. Hugh Flattery jiroceeded to the work of 
organization : and in May he began the erection of a 

cnuRCir OF st. cecilia. 2:57 

tcniporai-y cliaijel in wliicli lie could offer the Holy Sacri- 
fice and preach the word of God till the circumstances of 
the congregation justified the great work of erecting the 
grand church projected by their piety and hope. 

By the energy of the pastor, this commodious though 
temporary structure was soon completed, and on the 2()th 
of August, 1873, the Most Reverend Archbishop dedicated 
it with the usual ceremonies, and the new church of St. 
Cecilia took its place among the Catholic shrines of New 
York Island. 

At the first mass, then offered with due pomp and 
majesty, a sermon was ])reached by the Rev. John Lan- 
caster Spalding, then in the diocese, now Bishop of 
Peoria. At the vesper service, which closed the day, the 
Rev. Dr. McGlynn delivered an eloquent discourse. 

The early virgin saints and martyrs, revered for ages 
in all countries of the Catholic world, should not T)e 
strangers to the thought, the heart, or the devotion of 
our people. St. Cecilia is one of those whom our Holy 
Mother, the Church, has from age to age conmiemorated 
in the canon of the luass and invoked in her litany — 
one of those whom she everywhere and always commends 
to us as patrons. 

She was of a patrician family at Rome, devoted to 
the service of God, consecrating her virginity to Him, 
and ever engaged in singing psalms and hymns and 
holy canticles in honor of her divine spouse. When 


forced by liei' parents to wed the young jjatrician Va- 
lerian, she gained him and his brother TiLurtius to the 
faith, so that when the sword of persecution was un- 
slieathed, they died, in 230, with her, blessed martyrs of 
Jesus Christ. The body of St. Cecilia was interred l)y 
Pope Urban in the cemetery of St. Calixtus, and a 
climxh dedicated to her was the scene of a council 
more than thirteen lumdi-ed years ago. Iler body, still 
entire, was found by Pope Paschal I., in 821, and trans- 
lated to the Chiu-ch of St. Cecilia in Trastevere. Here it 
Avas found incorrupt in 1599. " She lay clothed in her 
robes of golden tissue, on which were still visible the 
glorious stains of her blood, and at her feet were the 
linen cloths mentioned by Pope Paschal and his biog- 
rajjher. Lying on her right side, with her arms extended 
in front of her body, slie looked like one in a deep 
sleep. Her head, in a singularly touching manner, was 
turned round towards the bottom of the coffin ; her 
knees were slightly bent and dra^vn together. The body 
was perfectly incoriiipt, and by a special miracle re- 
tained, after more than thirteen hundred years, all its 
grace and modesty, and recalled with the most truthful 
exactness, Cecilia breathing forth her soul on the pave- 
ment of her bath. A more signal \dndication of the 
Chiirch's traditions, a more consoling spectacle for a de- 
vout Catholic, it would be difficult to conceive." 

A magnificent altar was reared above her tomb by 


Cardinal Sfondrati, and beneath it he placed a statue by 
Maderna, representing the martyr exactly as she was 

Such is the glorious Saint, ])atroness of ecclesiastical 
music, whom our city honors, with St. Agnes, the Holy 
Innocents, tlie martyred Apostles, and Precm'sor of our 
Lord, his lirst witness Stephen, and the apostle bisliops 
of Gennany and Poland. 

The present church is a tasteful frame chapel front- 
ing on One Hundred and Fifth Street. With the altar 
and necessary fiu-niture and ornaments, the church cost 
about ten thousand dollars. The vestments are extremely 
fine, and have all been purchased, except one set, the 
gift of a pious lady. 

' The whole cost has been paid by the untiring ex- 
ertions of the pastor, so that the church is entirely free 
from debt. Tlie congregation is as yet small, scattered, 
and by no means blessed with wealth. To accomplish what 
has already been done, the reverend pastor appealed, and 
not in vain, to his j^ersonal friends in vai'ioiis parts. 

The chm-cli has not yet been begun. When the 
congi-egation seems to demand it, the corner-stone of a 
more enduring temple will be laid, and a structure reared 
facing Second Avenue which will vie with any in oiu- 



Roll of Honor 


Barry, David. 
Doyle, James. 
Duggan, Jiilin. 
Eggleston, ^Villiam. 
Farrell, John D. 
Fegan, Edward. 
Fogarty, K.., Mrs. 
Foy, John. 
Gallagher, Daniel. 
Ganby, Bernard. 
Gibbins, Hugh. 
Gormley, Bernard. 
Hanlon, John. 
Kean, M. Mrs. 
McCann, Patrick. 

McCorniick, Michael. 
McGowan, P. 
McKeon, Charlotte, Mrs. 
Macy, Margaret Jane. 
Maguire, Charles K. 
Maney, Lawrence. 
Minnock, Thomas. 
Murphy, Francis. 
Murtaugli, Garret. 
Norton, John. 
O'Mara, Thomas. 
Prunty, Andrew. 
Reilly, John. 
Shefflin, Daniel. 
Waters, Mark. 


THE REV. HUGH flatteuy, 


THE Ivuv. Huj;li Flnttery, who lias ivarcd a cIiuitIi 
ill liuuur of the virg-iu martyr St. C'cfiHa, near 
the shore oi the East River at ()ne Hundred and Fifth 
Street, is a native of Ireland — born, educated, and ordained 
amid all the hallowed associations coimected with every 
quarter of the island. 

He was born in Ballinasloe, County Galwa}", in 
1838, though his parents, Hugh Molloy Flattery and 
Catharine Duhan, were both natives of Kings County. 
His father dying while he was yet a child, his mother 
removed to Dublin, and Hugh received his early edu- 
cation in the metropolis of Ireland. Proceeding to Rome 
in 1853, he pursued his theological studies in the center 
of Catholicity. Having completed his ct)urse l)efore the 
canonical age when he could be raised to the i)riest- 
hood, he ap})lied himself during the ])eriod thus left him 
to the thorougli study of philosophy, and Avas graduatetl 
in that science in 185LI. In the following year he was 
ordained priest 1j}' the late Cardinal Patrizi, and cele- 
brated his first mass in the basilica of St. Bartholomew, 
erected on the site of an ancient temple of ^Esculapius. 

Retm-ning to Ireland, he entered on the duties of 


the ministry at Adair, the seat of the Earl of Duuraven, 
and at St. John's Cathedral, Limerick. 

About twelve years ago he voluntarily joined the 
Diocese of New York, gi'S'ing his services to the Most 
Reverend Archbishop. 

His first missionary labors were discharged in the 
parish of St. Teresa, the Most Reverend Ar-chbishop hav- 
ing confided to liim the position of assistant at that 

The sterling qualities eA'ineed in this position in- 
duced his superioi's, in May, 1873, to call him to the field 
in A^'hich he is now laboring. It was no sliglit tribute 
to his merit that the congregation showed the utmost 
reluctance to \r,\rt ^^ith him. They would not let him 
depart without a substantial token of their respect and 
regard. The men of the congi-egation subscribed a pm-se 
of three thousand doUai's, which they presented to. liim 
with a suitable address ; and the ladies of St. Teresa, 
no less appreciative, resolved to show their esteem for 
his priestly qualities and unremitting labors. Their ad- 
dress breathes tliis in every line, and the subscriptions 
among them amounted to a thousand dollars. 

In his new parish he has been equally successful 
in winning the good will of his flock. He has paid the 
whole cost of his church, a heavy assessment of five 
thousand dollars, and reduced greatly the mortgage on 
the property. 





WHEN the first steps Avere taken to fin-ni the 
coiigTegatiuu of 8t. Joseph's Cliurch, Green- 
wich Village lay like a hamlet a])art fniin the Ijusy and 
settled portion of the Cit}' of New York, l)nt in twenty 
years dwellings grew np to and far beyond it, so 
that the Catholics as far np as Twenty-fifth Street, in 
what was then known as Chelsea, began to consider 
whether they conld not erect a chnrch that Avoidd be 
convenient to them and others of their faith avIio conld 
then be fonnd still fnrther north. 

The project did not seem prematnre to the Rt. liev. 
Bishop Hughes. He confided the task of gathering the 
faithful of that part of the island and organizing a con- 
gregation, to a brilliant and eloquent Irish ])riest, then 
but a few months in his diocese, the Rev. Patrick Jo- 
seph Bourke. This clergyman roused the religious en- 
thusiasm of his Catholic countrymen in the district 
allotted to him across the island from Fourteenth to 
Forty-second Street; and having fi)und lots adapted to 
his purpose on Twenty-fifth Street near Ninth Avenue, 
purchased them and laid the corner-stone of a church. 


to wliicli l^isliop TTnylios, fvoui liis devotion to one of 
the greiitest luuiies in the Irisli cahiiuhn-, wished to as- 
sio-n the name of 8t. (Johimba. 

"i'liat lioly man, the third in the wonder-working 
Triad of Irisli saints, whose relies rest at Down, was 
horn at Gortan, in the County Tyrconnel, in o'Jl, of 
a nolilc fivniily, and was trained to virtues avid sacred 
Icai-nino- })y St. Finiaii. He founded the Alibey of Dur- 
rogh and a hundred others in Ireland and Scotland, 
having draA\n up for their government a rule liased on 
that of the Elastern monks. His zeal having oftended 
King Derinot, the saint crossed over to the neighboring 
island, where he converted the northern Picts and High- 
landers, and, establishing a monastery on the island of 
lona, made it the holy island of Scotland. 

Trained in his austere school, with the example of 
his virtues, miracles, and prophecy, his disciples became 
a community of saints, and kings claimed the right of 
being interred on so holy a sjiot. St. Columba, after a 
life of missionary labor and monastic austerity, foretold 
the time of his death, and rising early proceeded to the 
chapel, where he received the viaticum kneeling before 
the altar, and slept sweetly in our Lord on the !)th of 
June, 5117. His relics were subsequently translated to 
Ireland, and enshrined at Down, with those of St. Brid- 
get and St. Patrick. 

It was under the patronage of this great saint that 


the new cluircli was to be built. The Rev. Mr. Bourke 
first gathered his httle flock in an old frame building- on 
the south side of Twenty-seventh Street, between Eighth 
and Ninth Avenues, where a livery stable now stands. 
The floor between the stories was cut away, but the 
place was too small for the congregation. He then ob- 
tained possession of a boat-hoixse on Eighth Avenue and 
Twenty-fourth Street, and by making openings in the 
sides, to accommodate those who could not find place 
within, enabled his parishioners to fulfill the obligation of 
hearing mass. 

The foundations were soon laid, so that the dimen- 
sions of the church could be seen, and on Thiirsday, 
May 22, 1845, the corner-stone was laid by Rt. Rev. 
Bishop Hughes, who prefaced the ceremony Ijy an ap- 
propriate address to the large audience assembled on the 
occasion, and which luimbered several thousands. 

The projected church was to be a plain but solid 
structure, sixty feet by ninety-four, indulging in no ex- 
travagance of architectural detail within or Avithout. The 
work was prosecuted rapidly, and on the 12th of Octo- 
ber, 1845, it was made ready for a solemn dedication to 
Almight}' God. 

Bishops and priests began to arrive, and though the 
day was wet and stormy, not only the pews, which 
could seat twelve hvmdi-ed and fifty persons, but even 
the aisles were filled before the hour fixed for the cere- 


mony of the day. At lialf-jjast ten the procession issued 
from the sacristy. The cross was borne aloft between two 
acolytes, with lighted candles, followed by the master of 
ceremonies leading the way for the officiating prelate, 
now his Eminence Cardinal IMcCloskey, then Coadjutor 
Bishop of New York. He was supported on the right 
by the Rev. Mr. Bourke, and on the left In" the Rev. 
John Smith of St. James' Church. At the church door 
the chant of the Miserere rose as the bishop pronounced 
the blessing and the dedicatory prayer. Then sprinkling 
the walls, the procession returned to the sanctuary, singing 
the Litany of the Saints. The altar was solemnly devoted 
to its holy purpose, iinder the invocation of St. Columba, 
and was beautifully adorned. 

A Solemn High Mass was then offered by the Rev. 
Mr. Bourke, with the Rev. Messrs. Smith and Stokes as 
deacon and subdeacon. After the gosjiel the Rt. Rev. 
Bishoj) Hughes ascended to the altar, and read his text 
from the first chapter of the prophet Malachy. The 
words of the prophecy declare to the Jews the coming 
of a time wlien God should cease to accept the sacri- 
fices they then offered, but when to his name should come 
up an oblation from Gentiles and from Jews, from the 
rising to the setting of the sun. " The present occa- 
sion," said the learned divine, "brings the prophecy to 
oiu' minds — the dedication of a temple to God, one 
Avhich has risen up as if l)y magic. Tliat ceremony is 



apparently one of sinijjlr import, tlie dedication of the 
mere material substance, but tlie prayer and praise which 
arise within these walls are not merely foi- the consecra- 
tion of these insensilile materials, but for the consecra- 
tion to God of the hearts that are now assembled, and 
shall continue to assemble here. 

" But it is not from the simple dedication tliat tlie 
church derives its importance. It is prophesied that the time 
should come when the Jewish sacrifice should cease, and 
a clean sacrifice be offered while liumltle pra^'er ascended 
from pure hearts. It is for this jiurpose that the (Jliurch 
of Jesus Christ erects her temples. It may l>c truly said 
that the whole universe is a fitting temple for Almighty 
God. God is not restricted within walls, l)ut Jesus 
Clnist, through His Church, has taught us that there is 
a worship which has built tt'Uiides in every land in the 
world, and Avill continue to build its temples wliilc time 

" Here you will hold communion with God, and He 
with you ; and those whom God has put here will speak 
to yon in the name of the Clnn-ch of Jesus Christ." 

The sacred orator then proved the necessity of con- 
tinually repeated sacrifice in the Christian Church, from 
the fact that sacrifice alone was the most perfect and 
complete recognition of the divine sui)remacy, and tJiat if 
the new^ dispensation did not possess this mode of recog- 
nition, it would be inferior to the old Mosaic institution. 

rilTTRriT OF ST. COLllMRA. 249 

Whilst in the i)rinciples of Catliolics there was a perpetually 
continued sacrifice, there was still no variation, no plu- 
ralit}' of sacrifices, as in the Mosaic law; nnich less was 
there any siibstantial difference between the sacrifice of 
this day and the sacrifice of Calvary. " For at all times 
the victim (Christ) beino- the same, and the priest (Christ) 
the same, the sacrifice unist be the same. The victim, 
the same Christ, no^v impassiljle, is always the victim, 
nono other in the doctrine of the Church ; and although 
there may be many ministering priests, there is still but 
the one High Priest, who ' remains a jn'iest forever, ac- 
cording to the order of Melchisedec' Of all tlie doc- 
trines revealed in the New Testament, there is none so 
clearly expressed and so full of comfort as that of the 
Real Presence. Jesus instituted this sacrifice as tJie last 
mark of his divine love, that He might never be absent, 
but always present with us. 

" Let us then, beloved brethren, properly regard the 
privileges we enjoy. Let no thought, no action escape us 
that shall do dishonor to the doctrines we profess. Let us 
render our temple more worthy by our lives, by following 
in the footsteps of our blessed Saviour. If we do this, 
wc si mil soon arrive where outward sacrifices shall cease 
to be necessary, and we shall sit at the right hand of our 
Father, and the mantle of his love shall be forever spread 

At the close of the mass, the Bishoj) gave his 


benediction, and as the exquisite miisic died away, the 
procession of bishops, pi'iests and clerics moved from the 

The new church was very neatly fitted up, with a 
simple but beautiful altar and tabernacle. The congre- 
gation was soon numerous, and the eloquence of the 
pastor di-ew crowds from all parts of the city, especially 
when he preached, as he occasionally did, in Irish. 
But he was not fitted for the management of financial 
aff"airs, and his confidence was abused, so that St. Col- 
umba's was soon almost hojjelessly involved, and after a 
pastorship of only nine months, the Rev. Mr. Bourke 
withdrew and returned to Europe. He was assisted 
during his brief 2:)astorsliip by the Rev. P. Bradley. 

In 1846, the Bishop committed the care of the 
church to the Rev. Michael McAleei', who has continued 
to be its pastor to the present day. Introducing order 
and system into every department, he soon reduced the 
debt, which exceeded the real value of the chm-ch, and 
at last completely cleared it off". Wlien relieved from 
the bm-den he proceeded to remodel the cluirch ; the 
increased congregation required more accommodation. He 
provided new pews, put up large galleries to seat sev- 
eral hundi'ed, erected a new and far finer altar, and 
added a suitable vestry. 

But though the chiu'ch was thus fitted up for the 
sei'vice of God, the education of the young was an im- 


jDerious want, A site was piircliased, in 1854, for the 
purpose of erecting- a parochial school, which was com- 
pleted in 185G. The boys' department was placed under 
the Brotliers of the Christian Schools, Avho in 1878 num- 
bered two hundred juipils ; while the Sisters of Charity, 
tvho have for twelve years guided the girls of the par- 
ish in the way of knowledge and piety, have five hun- 
dred and fifty under their care, as well as a hundred 
of the younger boys. 

To afi^ord a higher course of education for young- 
ladies whose parents could afford to pay for the advan- 
tages afforded by an academy, the Sisters of Charity 
opened in 186G the Academy of St. Angela, in Twenty- 
second Street, where they have fifty pupils. 

There are many societies connected with the church — 
the Society of the Living Rosary ; the Sodality of the 
Sacred Heart, for the }"Oung men; the Childi-en of Mary, 
for the young ladies; the Conference of St. Vincent de 
Paul, for work among the poor; St. Columba's Childi-en's 
Aid Society, for the benefit of abandoned and destitute 
children ; a Temperance Society ; the St. Columbkille So- 
ciety, and tlie Young Men's Library Association. 








Aspell, Catharine, Mrs. 

Finney, Miss. 

McConnon, Patrick. 

Barker, Jame.s. 

Fitzgerald, James. 

McCue, Mary, Mrs. 

Beatty, Edward. 

Fitzpatrick, Bernard. 

McDermott, Peter. 

Boylan, Frank. 

Flanagan, James. 

McDonald, Joseph. 

Brophy, John. 

Flood, John. 

McKay, Kate. 

Buchanan, James. 

Foley, John. 

McMaho:i, James, 

Byrne, Michael. 

Foley, Katie, Miss. 

McStay, Francis. 

Caine, Michael. 

Fox, Patrick J. 

Malone, Philip. 

Callaghan, Cornelius. 

Fuller, William, 

May, ^\'illiam. 

Campbell, James. 

Gallaghan, Michael. 

Moore, Miss. 

Campbell, Patrick. 

Galnar, John. 

Morris, John. 

Churchill, Michael. 

Gamfell, James. 

Morton, Mrs. 

Clifford, Dennis. 

Gibbons, Mary A. 

O'Connor, William. 

Comerford, James. 

Gomien, Miss. 

O'Donnell, John. 

Cooney, Henry. 

Grant, John Oscar. 

Ogilvie, James. 

Cooney, Thomas. 

Handy, John. 

O'Gorman, Richard. 

Conroy, Matthew. 

Hannon, J. D. 

Quinn, Daniel. 

Cullin, Richard. 

Heaney, Jane. 

Quinn, Patrick J. 

Curley, Patrick. 

Hendricks, Edward. 

Quinn, John H. 

Daley, James. 

Higgins, Hugh. 

Reilly, Christopher. 

Daly, Ellen, Mrs. 

Home, Maria, Mrs. 

Reilly, Francis J. 

Donnelly, Edward J. 

Houlihan, Michael. 

Reilly, James. 

Donnelly, James, Mrs. 

Hughes, Francis. 

Reynolds, John. 

DutTy, James H. 

Irwin, Henry. 

Riger, Jacob. 

Duffy, John. 

Irwin, John. 

Schmidt, C. A. 

Dunn, Patrick. 

Judge, Nicholas. 

Skehan, James. 

Egan, Bridget, Mrs. 

Kennedy, John, Mrs. 

Smith, James. 

Egan, Joseph. 

Kennedy, Nicholas. 

Toner, James. 

Faley, James. 

Lawlor, Jolin. 

Toy, Jnlin. 

Farrell, Andrew F. 

Leary, Andrew. 

Walsh, John. 

Farrell, John, Mrs. 

Logan, Thomas. 

Walsh, Michael. 

Felhen, James. 

McAleenan, Henry. 

White, John J. 


K K \" . 31 1 (J II A E L M ( A L K l] V, , 


TlIK \t'iRTiil)k' pustor of the Cliurc-li of Columbkille 
is proljal)!}' the oldest priest in the City of New 
York ill years and ordination. He is a native of the 
County Tyrone, Ireland, where he first saw the lii^lit in 
the year 1811. Before he passed the years of bo}liood 
his family emigrated to America and settled at Frederick, 
Maryland. As lie evinced a taste for stud)', his parents, 
after he had mastered the rudiments in the scliool of the 
place, made every sacrifice to place him at IMount St. 
Mary's College, Emmettsburg, which he entered in the 
year 1828. After being gi-aduated, his jiiety and love 
for the house of God led him to seek entrance among 
those who were preparing for the holy order of priest- 
hood. Dr. Purcell, then president of that venerable in- 
stitution, welcomed him warmly, and pursuing his course 
with many who became famous in the cliurch — one as 
the first American cardinal, another as Bisliop of Chicago, 
another as Bishop of Brooklyn — he was ordained in 1837. 
When the Rev. 3Ir. Purcell was promoted to the 
See of Cincinnati, he urged the young priest, whose learn- 
ing, piety, and spirit of discipline lie luul noted, to ac- 
company him to the West. After spending tlu'ee years 


of labor in the Diocese of Cincinnati, in Canton, Carroll 
County, he was touclied by an appeal of the Rt. Rev. Dr. 
Miles, Bishop of Nashville, for missionaries, and at once 
responded to the call, well aware of the difficulty and 
hardship of the field. Bishop Purcell, though loth to 
part with a good, active, and zealous priest, finally con- 
sented, and Rev. Mr. McAleer went to Tennessee. There 
he and the Rev. John Maguire were appointed to travel 
together throughout the diocese, to preach in every town 
not already provided with a pastor, and to administer 
the holy sacraments to all who might apply to them. lie 
was thus the first priest in our times to say mass or 
erect a church in Western Tennessee. He was at one 
time accompanied by the late Archbishop Spalding, then 
a missionary pnest in Kentucky. Their discourses, pop- 
idar in style, full of solid and convincing argument, 
produced a decided impression on the clear Western minds, 
and prepared the way for future chm-ches. Rev. Mr. Mc- 
Aleer soon erected a beautiful brick chiu'ch at Memphis, 
of Avhicli he became the 2:)astor, attending stations at a 
gi'eat distance — Fort Pickering, La Grange, Bolivar, Jack- 
son, and other points. Here, after some years, he Avas 
assisted by a Dominican Father, Thomas S. Alemany, 
now Archbishop of San Francisco. 

His reputation for learning had not been lost in this 
hard missionary work, and in 1846 he was selected by 
the Rt. Rev. Matthias Loras, Bishop of Dubuque, as liis 


tlieologiiui, to accompany him to the Sixth Provincial 
Council of lialtimore, and he attended the sessions of that 
venerable body in that cajDacity. 

At its close he was received by Ai'chbishop Hughes 
into his diocese, and assigned to the Church of 8t. 
Columba, then sadly in need of a priest a\1io could save 
it from threatened ruin. As we have seen, he cleared it 
of a load of debt that would have appalled most men ; 
remodeled the clmrch edifice, rendering it more attractive 
to his peojjle and more worthy of the dignity of our 
incomparable litin-gy ; organized the schools for the Chris- 
tian education of the young, and has successfully labored 
to keep alive a spirit of faith and devotion. 

His zeal was shown in a remarkable manner diu'ing 
the terrible cholera season of 1849. His parish was 
especially afflicted by the fatal disease, and for weeks 
the devoted priest slept only on a sofa in the parlor, 
with his liorse and wagon standing all night before his 
door, ready to carry him to any point of Ids district 
where a stricken Catholic claimed the consolations of 
religion. He was upheld almost supernatm-ally, facing 
the heat by day and want of sleep at night, in his 
faithful and untii'ing discharge of his duties. It is easy 
to conceive with what respect his flock regarded his 
devotion and courage. 

As he advanced in age, he was attacked by pneu- 
monia, which several times tlu*eatened to end his life, 


or, at least, his usefulness, but he recovered completely, 
and still, in his sixty-eighth year, is discharging his paro- 
chial duties witli all the zeal of forty years ago. 

The rapid increase of popidation in that part of the 
city has made his duties as onerous as ever; for, though 
parishes have been formed in the district originally as- 
signed to St. Colundia's, the flock under his charge is 
greater than it ^vas on the day of his appointment. 

During his long pastoi'ate. Rev. Mr. McAleer has had 
several assistants — Rev. Francis Monaghan of the Diocese 
of Armagh (1846-8); Rev. James Cmnnnskey ; Rev. 
Terence Scallan, who after several }'ears' labor in city 
missions became pastor at Haverstraw ; . Jiav. Titus Joslin, 
a convert and author ; Rev. William H. Neligan, once a 
Protestant clergyman in Ireland and England, who em- 
braced the fixith he had before earnestly opposed, and 
Avhose pen has enriched our literature with many learned 
and devotional works ; Rev. H. O'Hara ; Rev. James T. 
Barry, and Rev. A. Molloy. The j^^'^sent assistants of 
the venerable pastor are the Rev. George C. IMurphy 
and Rev. ]\I. Montgomery. 



NEW YORK, in one respect, recalls Jerusalem on 
the day of Pentecost; it lias among- its Catho- 
lic po])ulation "devout men out of every nation under 
heaven." To all these, each Catholic church is a liome. 
The land, and the manners of the people, tlie stir and 
bu.stle of business, the rapid moving- of c-nr and boat 
under tlie mighty impulse of steam, may all be strange; 
but before the altar of God, when the Hoh' .Sacritice of tlie 
]Mass is offered, or the 8acred Office is sung, or om- Lord 
from the monstrance pours liis blessing- upon them, the 
feeling pervades their hearts that here they are at home. 
Yet even with this there comes the desire which the Holy 
Ghost on the day of Pentecost gratitied by a miracle — 
the long-ing " to hear in their own tongue, wherein they 
were born, the A^'onderful ^\-orks of God." 

There were temples in our city where, during mass, 
the gospel was preached in Englisli, French, German, 
and Italian; but the Bohemians wished to hear the words 

of salvation in their own language. In December, 1874, 


they organized two religious societies — that of St. Wen- 
ceslaus and that of St. Ludmila. Thus brought to- 
gether, they found a priest of their nationaHty wilhng 
to devote himself especially to them. 

This his Grace the Ai-chbishop readily permitted, 
and the late Rev. Father Krebesz of St. Nicholas gener- 
ously placed the basement of that church at their disposal. 
A few months encom-aged the pastor and his little flock 
to endeavor to secure a place especially for theii- own 
use. Such was the zeal and regularity shown by tlie 
Bohemians, that in March, 1875, the property 316 East 
Fourth Street, between Avenues C and D, was purchased 
for the sum of twelve thousand five hundred dollars, and 
blessed for use as a Catholic church under the invoca- 
tion of St. Cyi'illus and St. Methodius. 

These two holy brothers — brothers according to the 
flesh and in spiritual life and missionary labors — were 
born at Thessalonica, of an illustrious senatorial family, 
and are regarded as the apostles of Bohemia, Moravia, 
Silesia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Russia, and almost 
all Slavonic nations, for whom they translated the liturgy 
into their own language. Borgias, King of the Bulgari- 
ans, Borivoj, Duke of Bohemia, and other princes of 
those parts, were won by them to the faith and love 
of Christ. Methodius was made by the Pope Archbishop 
of Moravia, but Cyi'il remained a simple monk. They 
died about the year 900, and their bodies were laid with 


honor under the altar of a very ancient chapel in St. 
Clement's Church at Rome, as if to attest that the coun- 
tries where war has recently rag-ed were converted by 
missionaries from the Roman See. These saints set up 
at Bimzlaii a statue of the Blessed Virgin, which was 
for centuries afterwards a place of pilgrimage, and was 
visited hy St. John Nepomucene just before his mar- 

Soon after the modest church of these apostles of 
Eastern Eiu-ope was ojiened, the Rev. George Weidlich, 
who had done so good a work, found that his health 
was too much broken to attempt to minister to the little 
flock he had gathered. 

The Rev. A. V. Vacula was then appointed priest of 
the Bohemians, and has since successfully administered 
the parish. Finding the building already too small for 
the congregation, he enlarged it at a cost of six thou- 
sand dollars, and thus had a commodious and more wor- 
thy chiu-ch. On the 12th of December, 1875, it was 
solemnly dedicated by the Very Re^-. William Quinn, 
Vicar General of the diocese, who delivered a sermon in 
English, and another in Bohemian was gi^en by the Rev. 
A. V. Vacula. The High Mass was said by the Rev. 
Father Ivo Prass, the Superior of the Capuchins in New 
York, who attended with several Fathers of his com- 

The pastor felt that a school was indispensable, and 


ill llie early i)art ot" October opened one in the basement 
of his chnrch. The attendance, at first only twenty-five, 
soon increased to about a hundred, and has been con- 
tinued with success. 

Soon after the dedication the Rev. Mr. Vacida insti- 
tuted the St. Mary's Society for girls, and that of St. 
Aloysius for the boys of the congregation, to associate 
the }'ounger members of his flock together in pious ex- 
ercises, that each should be a support to the other in 
the trials and temptations that beset the rising generation 
in a great city. 

In May, 1877, the Society of the Knights of St, AVen- 
ceslaus was originated. They attended a Solemn j\Iass on 
the 28th of September, when a beautiful flag was presented 
to the society 1)y the pastor, and blessed by the Rev. Mr. 
Weyman of the Church of St. Stanislaus, several of the 
prominent members of the congregation being sponsors for 
the banner. 




THP^ Rev. A. \. Varula was horn at Osek, Archdio- 
cese of Ohnutz, in Moravia, on the loth of Angnst, 
184r), and was edncated at the gymnasium at Kremsier, 
from which he entered the University of Vienna in 18G5. 
After two years spent there, he resolved to embrace the 
clerical state, and pursued liis theological studies for three 
years in the University of Olmutz. Feeling called to de- 
vote himself to the American missions, he was sent to the 
American College at Louvain in 1809, and there ordained 
for tlic Diocese of Baltimore, on the 10th of September, 
1870, in the College of the Jesiiit Fathers at Louvain. 

At the desii'e of his parents, he returned to his 
native city and said his first mass in the Cluu'ch of 
the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and dm-ing the tem- 
porarv illness of the parisli priest and his assistant, offi- 
ciated for two months 

He then came to this coinitry, arriving December 1, 
1870. Repairing to Baltimore, he was placed by the late 
Archbislio[) .Spalding in charge of a congregation, and 
erected the Church of St. AVenceslaus, on Central Avenue, 


above Baltimore Street, wliicli was dedicated by the late 
Bishop Verot of St. Augustine, May 20th, 1872. 

The Rev. Mr. Yacula ministered to this congregation 
of Bohemians for about two years. He was then for a 
year chaplain of the Baltimore University Hospital. After 
this first exercise of the ministry in the Diocese of Balti- 
more he came to New York, and was appointed to the 
Chm-ch of St. Cyrillus and St. Methodius, on the 27th of 
September, 1875. 

His active zeal has done much to mould the little 
conffresration of Bohemian CathoHcs into an earnest and 
devoted body, their faith being kept alive by pious as- 
sociations and the influence of the schools. 

Their present prosperity, if not the origin of their 
church, is due, in no small degree, to the patience and 
the intelligent zeal of the clergjnnan who now fills the 
responsible position of pastor in this church. 






FORT WASHINGTON recalls by its name the strug- 
gle in the days of the Revolution, when Magaw's 
and Shea's regiments of the Pennsyh-ania line, which num- 
bered many Irish Catholics, so stubbornly held out against 
an overwhelming- English force. As a part of our island 
where Catholic blood flowed in the cause of American 
Independence, it was well that it should be hallowed by 
religious associations ; that the noblest worship ever offered 
to the Almighty might there bind us witli our fellow- 
believers of the days that tried men's souls. 

In 1869, the Most Reverend Archbishop established 
the parochial district of Fort Washington, embracing the 
northern spur of the island to the other side of that stream 
which still retains the name associated with the legends of 
the Dutch epoch. 

This district was confided to the Rev. Cornelius J. 
O'Callaghan, who took the preliminary steps to gather the 
Catholic population, saying mass in the public school- 
houses at Fort Washington and Spuvten Duj-vil. Tlie 
Catholic population was mainly in two Ijodies, somewhat 


widely separated, and it wiis not easy to fix np.on a 
central location that woidd l)e convenient to i)otli. Diffi- 
culties seemed to discovxrage the priest first assig-ned to 
this mission, but in October, 1870, tlie Rev. Henry A. 
Brann, D.D., whose scholarly instincts and tastes seem to 
stimixlate his activity in parochial labors, and especial!}' in 
that creative power often so necessary to a clergyman 
who finds himself in a parish without a roof to cover his 
head or shield the altar he must rear to the Most High. 
He was to complete, by dedicating to the service of God 
the upper end of Manhattan Island, the work begun at 
the Battery by the Jesuit Fathers two centuries before. 

The more pressing want seemed to be in the portion 
of his district near Kingsbridge, and to this point he 
gave his first care. He enlarged by purchase the site 
already obtained, and at once began to erect a modest 
frame church, which was speedily completed, at a cost of 
about ten thousand dollars, and in a few months after his 
arrival he could request his Grace the Most Reverend 
Archbishop to honor him and his little flock by solemnly 
dedicating it to the worship of the Holy Trinity. The 
Archbishop, who had blessed so many fine ecclesiastical 
structures, did not decline, and on the 4th of December, 
1870, tlie little Church of St. John at King.sbridge was 
dedicated according to the Roman ritual. The Rev. Mr. 
McNeirny, now Bishop of Albany, sang the High Mass, 
Manhattan College contributing to the solemnity of the oc- 


casion by its band, which formed the choir. The Arch- 
bishop dehvered one of his ever-happy and edifpng ser- 
mons, that hnger hke a sweet memory for years, associ- 
ated with the occasions on which they are pronounced. 
The heavenly dove had found a nest for herself where 
she mig-ht gather her yoimg ones. 

Under the care of Dr. Brann a congregation of 
about four hundi-ed now worship in this church, and about 
thirty-six are yearly brought to the baptismal font to be 
added to the flock of Christ. " 

The other portion of his district would require a 
chm-ch of greater size, and there were e\'idences that 
means would not be withheld to give Catholicity there a 
church that would not reflect on the generosity of her 
children. Dr. Brann was fortunate in obtaining a spot 
suitable for his purpose near the Hudson, the old Rio San 
Antonio de las Montanas. On One Hundred and Eighty- 
seventh Street and Broadway he laid the foundation of 
the Church of St. Elizabeth. This tasteful and beautiful 
edifice of brick with Ohio brown stone facings is fifty-four 
feet in front by a depth of one hundred and twenty-five 
feet, and is highly creditable to Mr. N. Le Brun, the 
architect. The interior adornment, and the altar with its 
tabernacle, are pure in taste, and inspire the devotional 
feeling befittnig a sacred edifice. 

The Most Rev. Dr. McCloskey again honored the 
parish of Fort Wasliington by coming, on the 14th of 


January, 1872, to dedicate this clnircli to St. Elizabeth. 
After the water, blessed with holy rite, had been sprink- 
led on the walls, and the dedication ser^dces been per- 
formed, the Et. Rev. Bishop McNeirny sang the Iliyh 
Mass, the sanctuary being graced by the Rt. Rev. Bishop 
Corrigan of Newark and many of the priests of the cit}-. 
The Cluu-ch of St. Francis Xavier gave its choir, with 
the famous Dr. William Berge as director, to honor the 
new chm-ch. After the gospel, the Rt. Rev. Bernard J. 
McQuaid, Bishop of Rochester, preached the dedication 
sermon, riveting the attention of the faithful, who crowded 
the sacred edifice. 

The o-round for the Church of St. Elizabeth — a name 
that recalls at once the holy mother of the Precursor of 
om- Lord, and of dear St. Elizabeth of Hungary, and her 
holy niece, St. Elizabeth of Portugal — was given by 
Joseph Fisher and the late James Gordon Bennett. It is 
eight}' feet in front by one hundred and sixty-four feet in 
depth, at the corner of One Hundred and Eighty-seventh 
Street and Broadway. The church found liberal benefactors. 
Charles O'Conor, Esq., gave ten thousand dollars toward 
the erection of the sacred edifice, James Gordon Bennett 
five thousand, Joseph Fisher two thousand. The main 
altar is the gift of the two daughters of ]\Ir. Fisher; 
the marble altar at the side was presented by Mrs. 
Paul R. G. Pery. The altar-piece, painted by May, the 
American artist, after Murillo's Immaculate Conception, 


was given by the present James Gordon Bennett. All 
the stained-glass windows were pi-esented. That in the 
sanctuary was given by Mrs. Charles M. ( 'onnolh^ : the 
front Avindow, a memorial of the Rev. John -Kelly of 
Jersey City, was presented by Eugene Kellv, Esq. 

The church, with the rectory, cost about a hundred 
thousand dollars, and is one of the most elegant on 
the island — indeed, one of the few in which individiial 
contributions have formed a considerable })art of the 

Thus, in less than two years, the Rev. Dr. Brann 
had, ill the district wliicli he found clnirchless, reared two 
temples of our hoU' religion, giving the faithful all the 
advantages enjoyed by other jjarts of the island. He 
made his residence at 8t, Elizabeth's, visiting every Sun- 
day and holiday the ( 'hurcli of 8t. John, to offer mass 

He then 1)uilt on the ground adjoining St. Elizabeth's 
a rectory, a fine three-story l)uil(liiig with a Mansard roof, 
so that for years the parisli will need no additional outlay 
for church or pnrochial residence. 

Since he assumed the direction of the parish. Dr. Brann 
has been assisted liy the Rev. ^Ir. Lynch, now at Sau- 
gerties, Rev. Francis Micene, Rev. George M. Schrader, 
D.D., and the jii'^s^'it ciu-ate, the Rev. Daniel J. McCor- 

The cong-reg-ation of the church does not yet exceed 


six hundred, but St. Elizabeth will stand for }-ears and 
see its aisles crowded to excess. The baptisms number 
annually about thirty-six. 

The parish is not Avithout those pious and beiieiicent 
societies which meet what seems to be a general want; 
and wIk'U not gratitied in the Church, leave many ex- 
posed t(i be drawn into bodies whose fonn or object is 
subject to ecclesiastical censure. 

Tlie societies attached to the Churches of 8t, Eliza- 
beth and St. John are the Confraternity of the Sacred 
Heart, the Rosary Societ}-, and Temperance Societies. 
The Sunday-schools are well sustained and number more 
than three hundred and iifty pupils. 

The future of New York City, no one, of course, 
can foresee. Some incline to tliink that she has reached 
the highest point of greatness, and may decline. Others 
see nothing to check the career of progress in Avhich 
she has moved for so many years. 

Catholicity has more tluvn grown with her growth. 
The Christian body which a century ago had no priest, 
no altar, no church, no organized congregation, has her 
sacred edifices dotting the island from Barclay Street to 
Kingsbridge. A dense population may yet gather in 
the upper part of the island beyond the Central Park, 
and the parochinl district of Fort Washington be di^dded 
among a number of cluu-ches, requiring many j^riests to 
fulfill the mission labor iiuannbent on the clergy. 


Roll of H 



Ahern, Timothy. 

Donovan, James. 

McGinn, Mrs. 

Barry, Patrick. 

Duane, Thomas. 

McGrane, Mrs. 

Barry, William. 

Duke, Thomas. 

Mclvors, S. 

Bergin, L. 

Ecclesine, T. C. E. 

McKeon, Matthew. 

Bradley, Daniel. 

Fenton, Thomas. 

Maloney, Joseph. 

Brady, P. J. 

Finn, Michael. 

Maloy, John. 

Britt, William. 

Flynn, Ann. 

Meehan, James. 

Brophy, Michael. 

Foley, John. 

Meehan, Patrick. 

Carney, Patrick. 

Haynes, Daniel. 

Murray, Bernard. 

Carroll, Michael. 

Hourigan, Timothy. 

O'Conor, Charles. 

Chase, Nelson, Mrs 

Johnson, Mrs. 

O'Hallaran, J. 

Cody, James. 

Kane, L. 

O'Hara, Mrs. 

Connelly J. S., Mrs 

King, James. 

Russell, James. 

Connelly, Chas. M., 

Mrs. Loughrane, Michael. 

Rogers, Mrs. 

Corbit, John. 

McCaffery, Thomas. 

Scallon, Ann, Mrs. 

Corkery, Daniel. 

McCarthy, J. 

Scallon, Bridget, Mrs. 

Coughlin, P. 

McCormac, Hugh. 

Whelan, Mrs. 

Crowley, Edward. 

McDonald, Barthol. 

Winters, Patrick. 

Devlin, John. 

McDonald, William. 



REV. HENRY A. BRANN, D.D., the present pas- 
tor of Fort Wasliington and Kingsbrldge, was 
born on Augaist 15, 1837, in Parkstown, County Meatli, 
Ireland. He came as a boy to this country with his 
parents. His classical studies were made in St. Mary's 
College, Wilmington, Delaware, and in St. Francis Xa- 
vier's College, West Fifteenth Street, New York, where he 
was graduated in 1857. He was originally intended for 
the law ; but an accident in which he was nearly killed, 
by the falling of a house in Jersey City, during a 
thunder-storm, turned his mind to the more holy calling 
of the priesthood. He went to the Seminary of St. 
Sulpice, Paris, in the fall of 1857, where he remained 
tln-ee years. He then went to the American College, 
Rome, and was ordained its fii-st priest by Cardinal 
Patrizzi, on June 14, 1862. 

Dr. Brann, on an-iving from Rome, in August, 1862, 
was appointed Vice-President of Seton Hall College, and 
Professor of Dogmatic Theology in the seminary con- 
nected with it. This position he held for two years. 
He then became assistant in St. Mary's, and afterwards in 
St. Peter's Chm'ch, Jersey City. He was appointed pas- 


tin- of Fort Lee in May, 18G(J. In this parish he Ijuilt 
the Cliureli of St. CeciHa, Englewood, and the Church of 
the Holy Trinity, Hackensack. In August, 1867, during 
tlie absence of Bishop Bayley in Euroi)e, lie came to 
New York and joined the Paulist Fathers. At the m-gent 
entreaty of the late Bishop Wlielan, he went to him as 
Director of the Seminary and preacher of the cathedral 
in Wheelinti:, where he remained for two A'ears. Return- 
ing to New York, the Cardinal appointed him, in (Jcto- 
her, 1870, to succeed the Rev. Cornelius O'Callaghan as 
pastor of Fort Washington ;ind Kingsbridge. Besides 
building churches, I)r. Brann has written many essays, 
lectures, and translations published in various reviews and 
magazines. He has also ^^•ritten two metaphysical works — 
" Curious Questions," and " Truth and Error." A transla- 
tion of the Abbe Hulot's very se^•ere book on " Danc- 
ing," published by Donahoe of Boston ; and a translation 
of Toepffer's pretty little novelette, called " The Inherit- 
ance," published by Sadlier of New York, are among the 
earliest productions of Dr. Brann's pen. 





SINCE his promotion to tlie See of New York, 
his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey has hibored to 
increase the number of the city chm-ches, to relieve 
those already existing-, which had become overcrowded at 
every mass. By reducing the size of the parochial dis- 
tricts, the clergy could better attend to the wants of the 
faithful, and learn to know not only those who came 
spontaneously to the offices of the Church and the duties 
of relis'ion, bu^t also the careless and indifferent — those 
lured away by a false pride or tempted by the wretched 
proselytizers who traffic in men's souls. 

Carrying out this jDlan, he laid oif as a new parish 
the district between Broadway and the East River, ex- 
tending from the northerly side of Fourteenth Street to 
the southerly side of Twenty-fourth Street. The Rev. 
Dr. R. L. Burtsell asked permission to begin in this 
field the mission work for which he had shown himself 
eminently fitted while acting as assistant at St. Ann's 
Church. He was accordingly assigned to it in 1868, and 
having obtained a lease of the hall and basement of the 
Demilt Dispensary, situated on the corner of Twenty- 


third Street and Second Avenue, fitted it up as a chapel, 
and inaugurated the parish on the eve of Epiphany, Jan- 
uary 5th, 1868, by celebrating High Mass. 

Zealously discharging his duty to the flock here 
gathered, and to whom he ministered in this temporary 
chapel for two years, he. began to collect means for the 
pui'chase of land and the erection of a suitable church. 
Heading the list with his own subscription of one thou- 
sand dollars, he found many ready to contribute to the 
good Avork and loth to be outdone by him in charity. 
Money flowed in so that in one year his collections 
amounted to $44,545 — St. Stephen's, St. Ann's, and the 
Church of the Immaculate Conception generously aiding 
the good work. 

In 1868 seven lots were purchased — three on Second 
Avenue, for thirty-seven thousand five lumdred dollars, 
and subsequently, to increase the length of the sacred 
edifice, three additional lots on Twenty-second Street and 
one on Twenty-first Street. The foundation was traced out 
for a church to front on Second Avenue. The founda- 
tion walls soon began to rise, to the joy of the people, 
and every preparation was made to invest the laying of 
the comer-stone with interest. On the appointed day, 
May 30, 1869, the scene around the new church was 
picturesque in the extreme. Flags and banners were hung 
out on all sides. Crowds gathered in dense masses, 
societies from many different chm'ches coming to honor 


tlie occasion ; but when the procession appeared, led by 
the Sodahty of the Holy Angels — a hundred young maidens 
in spotless white — all was hushed; after the processional 
cross and tapers came the acolytes, a numerous atten- 
dance of clergy, and the mitred Archbishoj) bearing liis 
crosier. In this order they moved to the platform where 
the future altar was to stand. Then -w-ith Very Rev. 
William Starrs, V.G., as assistant, Dr. McSweeny as 
deacon, and Rev. Mr. Loughran as subdeacon, the cere- 
monial began, and the circuit of the new church was 
made, the chant of the ancient psalm, Quam Dilecta, re- 
sponded by the attendant clergy. After the prayer Domine 
Deus, the Archbishop blessed the corner-stone and recited 
the collect asking God to confirm the stone thus laid in 
His name. Then he sprinkled it with holy water and 
traced crosses upon its surface. After the Litany of the 
Saints and tlie appropriate 126th Psalm, a box containing 
memorials was placed beneath the stone, including a parch- 
ment thus inscribed : " Pio Nono Summo Pontifice, uni- 
versam ecclesiam Dei regente, Provinciarum Foederatarum 
Americse Septentrionalis Ulysse S. Grant, Prteside, Joanne 
T. Hoffman Provinciae Neo Eboracensis Gubernatore; 
Urbis prsefecto A. Oakey Hall ; Illmus ac Revmus Joan- 
nes McCloskey, Archiepiscopus Neo Eboracensis, templi 
svib invocatione Epiphanise Domini Nosti'i Jesu Christi et 
jjrotectione SS. Magorum, curae pastorali Richardi L. Bm"t- 
sell commissi, oratore Rev. Guglielmo Morrogh, die 30mo 

CHUUCJli OF TUE Kl'li'llAW OF OUll L(MIL). 277 

Maij, auspice Maria Virgine, anno salutis 18G0 primum 
lapidem in fundamentum posuit." 

Then the stone was laid in its place with prayer 
and again sprinkled with holy water, and the procession 
moved on with solemn chant. 

An eloquent discom'se was then delivered by the 
Rev. Dr. ]\Iorrogh, in which he noted especially the pe- 
culiar and beautiful title of the Epiphany, which the 
chui'ch was to bear. Then, with the blessing of the 
Most Reverend Archbishop, the vast crowd retired. 

The church thus auspiciously begun under the protec- 
tion of the Tlu-ee Holy Kings — Gaspar, Melchior, and 
Balshasar, as tradition has given their names — went 
rapidly up, thi'ough the quickening zeal of the pastor. 

It was to be of no mean proportions, with a front of 
sixty-six feet on Second Avenue, and a corresponding depth 
of one hvindi-ed and forty-five feet. The style of archi- 
tecture adopted was the Lombard, which in its pm'est forms 
was produced in northern Italy in the twelfth and thir- 
teenth centuries. It has seldom been copied in tliis coun- 
tiy, but the selection justifies the taste of the clergyman. 

The basement story is of Quincy granite, and the 
superstructm-e of Ohio and Belleville sandstone. The 
tower at the south-east angle is surmounted by a cross, 
wliich is one hundred and twenty-five feet above the 
l)asement. A wide flight of steps leads up gradually to 
a wide porch, twelve feet deep and thirty feet long, sup- 


ported upon arcade ^^iers and giving access to tlie nave. 
The interior will seat sixteen hundred and fifty persons, 
and accommodate comfortably two thousand. With the 
usual series of masses on Sundays and holidays, all the 
faithful in the parish are thus enabled to fulfill the ab- 
solute obligation of hearing mass. 

The architect, Mr. N. Le Brun, succeeded in combin- 
ing great elegance with the reqiiirements of the parish, 
making it commodious without marring its beauty, and 
truly ecclesiastical in its general scope and in the more 
minute details. 

Nothing occurred to thwart the pious desires of the 
priest and people. The Church of the Epiphany rose 
like a beautiful tree, showing that with God's blessing 
they had not labored in vain that built it. 

The solemn dedication took place on the 3d of 
April, 1870. The Very Rev. William Starrs, Vicar Gen- 
eral of the diocese, officiated, assisted by the Rev. Messrs. 
Burtsell, Loughran, McSweeny, McGlynn, McCarthy, Healy, 
Bodfish, and others representing the clergy of the diocese. 
After making the circuit of the church without, the pro- 
cession, led by the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin, en- 
tered the main door and moved up the middle aisle, 
chanting the Litany of the Saints. Again the long line 
passed around the walls of tlie church within, sprinkling 
and blessing it, and the celebrant concluded the cere- 
monial with the prayer of dedication. 

GllLUCli UF THE EPIPHA^V OF OLll J-()K1>. 279 

Then the altar was adorned, and the Rev. Dr. Mc- 
Glynn of St. Stephen's Churcli offered a Solemn High 
Mass, with Dr. MeSweeny as deacon and the Rev. Mr. 
Louglu-an of the Epiphany as subdeacon. The sermon 
was preached by the Rev. Thomas S. Preston of St. 
Ann's Chnrch, taking as his text the words of the Wise 
Men, those sainted Kings of the East: "Where is he 
that is born King of the Jews! For we have seen his 
star in the east and have come to adore him." Unfold- 
ing the lessons tanght by the taith and courage of these 
holy pilgrims, he appealed to his hearers to make use 
of the additional opportunity now held out to them to 
live a Ufe of grace and walk constantly in the fear of 
God; to be Catholics in fact— not in name alone, but in 
pi.j.etice— and thus to do their part in stemming the tide 
of infidelit}' that threatens to undermine the Clu-istian 
Church, and to do all in their power to save this, the 
land of their love— for whose prosperity they would will- 
ingly lay down their lives— from the terrible consequences 
that ensue to every nation that forgets God and spurns 

His di\ane law. 

The parish is still under the care of the Rev. Dr. 
Burtsell, who has been assisted from time to time by 
other priests, among whom may be mentioned the Rev. 
P. Loughran, who was curate for about eight years. 

In 1809, a parochial free school was inaugurated in 
a house, 23G East Twenty-second Street, belonging to the 


church. About thi-ee hundred and tliirty scholars attended. 
Owing to the great expenses of the erection of the church, 
the school was discontinued after a severe struggle of 
three years. 

Not to allow the cliildi-en's religious education to be 
neglected, in September, 1873, a more thorough system 
was inaugurated in regard to the Sunday-school, at which 
some nine hundred childi'en had been in regular attend- 
ance since the formation of the parish. For this purpose 
Clu'istian doctrine classes were formed on three evenings 
diuing the week, from seven to eight o'clock. 

On Tuesday, the pastor gave an instruction to all 
cliildi"en who had been confirmed and were over fom-teen. 

On Wednesday, one of the assistant priests instructed 
the girls between ten and fourteen years. 

On Thursday, the other assistant priest instructed the 
boys between ten and fom-teen years. 

This system has been found very successful. Of the 
six hundi-ed childi-en that attend these classes, upwards 
of tln-ee hundi'ed and fifty are monthly communicants, 
and the regularity and attendance at the classes have 
increased each year. 

In February, 1871, the Redemptorists gave a mission 
of thi-ee weeks. About six thousand approached the sac- 
raments. In February, 1874, the Dominicans gave a 
three weeks' mission, hearing about five thousand five 
hundred confessions. And in February, 1877, the Paulists, 

OHlUiOII OF 'J'llK KI'll'IIANV OF Ol U, LOiU). 2.SI 

ill a two weeks' luissiou, enabled about five thousand to 
approach the Holy Table. 

In 1876, R. L. Burtsell paid a visit to the Holy 
See, and, in an audience with the Holy Father, Pius IX., 
obtained a special j)leiiary indulgence for the parish of 
the I'j})i])hauy ; and in Lyons, France, purchased splendid 
church vestments, superior to any known in the United 
States, for the Church of the Epiphany. 

In the year 1868, the pastor, Di\ Biu'tsell, made a 
personal census of parishioners, taking all the adults' 
names and the number of the cliildi'en, and found within 
the parish limits nine thousand nine hundred and sixty- 
eight Catholics. The parish limits then extended from 
the north side of Eighteenth Street to the south side of 
Twenty-fourth Street, from Fourth Avenue to the East 
River. About 1876 the parish was extended to Broadway. 
Hence at the present day, owing to the extension of the 
parish limits and accession of Catholics to the district, 
the parish of the Epiphany holds probably at jjresent 
about eleven thousand Catholics. 

The exterior of the church is one hundred and forty- 
five feet long by seventy-five feet front; the interior is 
about one hundred and thirty feet long by sixty-tlu-ee 
feet wide, and has a seating capacity of one thousand 
six hundred and fifty persons ; admitting about five hun- 
dred and fifty more standing. 








Ahem, Philip. 
Bergin, Thomas. 
Boyle, Richard. 
Brady, Marcus. 
Brady, Terence. 
Brannigan, James. 
Capper, Edward J. 
Carroll, John M. 
Cooke, Charles. 
Corrigan, John. 
Cotteleer, Ann, Mrs. 
Courtney, Patrick. 
Coyle, Patrick. 
Creeden, Timothy J. 
Cronan, John. 
Delaney, James. 
Delaney, Dennis. 
Delany, Daniel. 
Dempsey, Owen. 
Donohue, John. 
Donohue, Timothy. 
Donovan, Michael. 
Duane, John E. 
Duffy, John. 
Farrell, Michael J. 
Fitzgibbon, Michael. 

Fitzgibbons, Morris. 
Fitzsimons, Garrett. 
Fox, Ann. 
Generty, Joseph. 
Goodwin, Samuel. 
Graban, Henry. 
Green, Edward. 
Hanley, John T. 
Kedian, James. 
Kelly, Lewis J., Mrs. 
Kelly, Patrick. 
Keveny, Martin J. 
Kiernan, Hugh. 
Lannigan, James. 
Ledwith, Edward. 
McCarthy, John. 
McCauly, Francis. 
McCluskey, Joseph. 
McCormick, Patrick. 
McDermott, Patrick. 
McDonald, Edward. 
McDonald, John. 
McDonnell, Ann, Mrs. 
McGann, Patrick. 
McGuiness, Denis. 
Maheer, Eliza. 
Moore, James. 

Moore, Jane, Mrs. 
Mullane, John. 
Murtagh, Patrick. 
O'Brien, Francis. 
O'Brien, Richard. 
O'Brien, William. 
O'Connor, Charles. 
O'Connor, David. 
O'Connor, Joseph G. 
O'Neil, Charles. 
O'Neil, CorneHus. 
Pagan, William. 
Power, John. 
Purcell, James. 
Purcell, Francis R. 
Reilly, James. 
Reisenweber, George C. 
Rourke, Francis. 
Scanlon, John. 
Smith, Peter. 
Tiraoney, John. 
Trainor, James J. 
Torpey, William. 
Tynan, Laughlin. 
Ward, John. 
Willis, Edward. 

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RICHARD LALOR BURTSELL was born April 14, 
1840, in New York City, and baptized in St. 
Mar}'s Cbnrch by the Rev. AValter Quarter, receiving the 
name of Richard Lalor in remembrance of his paternal 

His father, Jolni Low Burtsell, was of a family 
resident in New York City for over a century ; whose 
mother, Mary Lalor, was a cousin of the Miss Lalor 
who introduced the Visitation nuns into the United States. 

His mother, Dorothea IMorrogli, of Cork City, Ire- 
land, was related b}' lilood to the O'Donoghues and by 
kinship to the O'Connells of Kerry; and on her mother's 
side related to the Plowdens of Shropshire, England, 
known for their stauncli adherence to the Catholic faith 
since the Refoniitition of Hemy VIII. Her grandfotlier, 
Francis Plowden, Avrote the " History of Ireland." 

R. L. Burtsell, about 1847, went to the school of 
the Sisters of Charity attached to St. Peter's Church in 
Barclay Street, then to the French school attached to St. 
Vincent de Paul's in Canal Street; about 1849 to the 
Jesuits' College in Tiiird Avenue, and continued to attend 


it when it was transfeiTed to Fifteenth Street ; in 1851 
he proceeded to the Sulpitian College, Montreal, Cnnada. 
To complete his theological course he was sent, in 1853, 
to the College of the Propaganda in Rome, Ital}', as 
convictor. He became an akimnus of the Propaganda in 
1857; there he took the degree of Doctor of Philoso- 
phy in 1858, and the degree of Doctor of Theology in 
1862; was ordained priest in the Church of the Propa- 
ganda by Mgr. Clementi, Archbishop of Damascus, in 
partihis injideliuiii, and Nuncio to Mexico, on August lOtli, 
1862. He said first mass on the Feast of the Assump- 
tion following. On August 17th, he was admitted to a 
private audience of the Holy Father, Pius IX., who, 
after granting many privileges, gave him also a special 
blessing, in his own liandAvriting, in these words : " Dom- 
inus dirigat gressus tuos, aiid sit semper in ore tuo." 
(May the Lord guide thy steps, and be always on thy 
lips.) The Rev. Dr. Burtsell left Rome for tlie United 
States on August 20th, 1862, and on arriving in his 
native country was, in November, 1862, appointed as- 
sistant at St. Ann's Church, Astor Place. 

In 1876 the Rev. Dr. Bvxrtsell paid a \'isit to Rome, 
and in an audience with the Holy Father obtained a 
special plenary indulgence for the parish of Epiphany. 





THE Church of St. John the Baptist had been es- 
tabhshed on the western side of the city for the 
Cathohcs near the banks of the Hudson, but tares had 
been sown among the wheat; dissensions and a want of 
harmony retarded the progress of the faith, and proved 
a stumbhng-block to many. This finally led to a division 
of the congregation. In the year 1844, the pastor of St. 
John's, the Rev. Father Zachary Kunz of the Order of St. 
Francis, from the Province of the Immaculate Conception 
in Hungary, resolved to establish a new church where 
part of the old congregation might find more consola- 
tion and peace. The Most Reverend Archbishop approved 
the project, and Father Kunz prepared to begin a new 
church. A fitting lot was soon procured in Thirty-first 
Sti-eet, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. 

The comer-stone was laid in tlie year 1844, with the 
usual ceremonies, and a modest but solid little church was 
erected before the end of summer, and it was solemnly 
dedicated to the service of Almighty God on tlie 1st day 
of August, under the invocation of the serapliic St. Francis 
of Assisi, the holy founder of the Friars ]\Iinor. The Right 


Rev. John McCloskey, the coadjutor bishop, officiiited, as- 
sisted b}' the pastor and sevei'al other clergymen. After 
the rite of dedication a sermon was deHvered by tlie Rev. 
Father Rnmpler, in German, followed by a discom-se in 
English by the prelate still among us, whom Ave are proud 
to honor as a Cardinal of the Holy Clnu-ch. 

It was well indeed in oiu' great commercial city, 
where men are so carried away by the insane desire for 
wealth that they lose religion, honor, and honest}', to have 
proposed as a model one who, in an age when trade 
seemed to absorb all minds, renomiced the Avealth of his 
father, a merchant prince of his day, and all the flatter- 
ing future before him, to become poor and luunble for 
Christ's sake. 

John Bernardon obtained the name of Francis from 
his early proficiency in French, acquired to insure greater 
success in conducting trade with France. Brought up in 
wealth, taught to look forward to wealth, he early felt to 
use it only to relieve the poor, and sought to Ijecome 
poor to follow Our Lord, who was the poorest <tf the 
poor. Rejected by his father, he devoted himself to the 
care of the sick, and to repairing churches by soliciting 
alms. lie thus repaired the little church of Our Lady of 
the Angels, Portiimcula, which became his residence. Here 
others joined him, and the Order of Friars ^Minor arose 
on the IGth of August, 1209. It has filled the world 
with the odor of its virtues, its many saints in all orders 


and ranks. To America it gave some of its earliest and 
most devoted missionaries. They were among the first 
and noblest pioneers of the faith in our territory ; more 
than half the heroic men who laid down their lives for 
the faith within the limits of the United States having 
been sons of St. Francis of Assisi. 

If the Saint loved poverty, he must have loved the 
church in his honor in our city, for its early history is 
a history of struggle and poverty. Yet it had consola- 
tions. On the 10th of September, 1847, the eve of the 
feast of St. Francis, the Rt. Rev. Bishop Hughes blessed 
a bell for the church, thenceforth to ring out the An- 
gelus. It was the third Catholic bell in the city, and 
the second to ring the thrice daily devotion of Catho- 
licity. The next day the Bishop gave confirmation to a 
hundred children of the parish. A procession met him 
outside the door of the chm-ch, the members of the 
Third Order of St. Francis, with lighted tapers. 

Its reverend founder, Father Zacharias, continued to 
administer its aff"airs till 1848, when he was succeeded 
by the Rev. Father Alexander Martin, of the same order, 
who, after spending several years in the Holy Laud, and 
especially in the Chm-ch of the Holy Sepulclue at Jeru- 
salem, came to this country. He was a pious and devoted 
priest, and during the prevalence of the cholera nearly 
fell a victim to it — the Rev. Mr. Bayley, afterwards 
Archbishop of Baltimore, calling one day on him, found 


him ill ;i state of collapse. Overcoming sonic of tlie 
difficulties, he began to enlarge the front of the church, 
retaining the rear portion of the old structure till Ijetter 
times slioiild enable this to be rebuilt in a better and 
more enduring form. By this enlargement he gained 
much space for the accommodation of his parishioners, 
who, as the buildings increased in that part of the city, 
began to fill the church beyond its means ; the devo- 
tion of many English-speaking Catholics to the great 
St. Francis and his order leading them to make this 
cIuutIi their special resort. 

The churcli, as thus enlarged and renovated so as 
to be a commodious edifice sixty-four feet wide by one 
hundi-ed and fifty in depth, was solemnly dedicated by 
his Grace Archbishop Hughes, on Monday, March 28th, 

The Rev. Father Alexander retired in the year 1855, 
and the Most Reverend Archbishop appointed as pastor 
the Rev. C. Frederic Rudolph, a priest of the Diocese of 
Mentz in Germany. He directed the parish till 18()4, and 
was much respected and beloved by the fait] if ul under 
his charge. Zealous to add to the dignity of divine 
worship, he erected a spire on the church, and gave it 
tlaree bells, whose chimes should ring out the Angelus 
and call the faithful to the service of the Almighty. 

The death of Rev. Mr. Rudolpli, in his fifty-ninth 

yeai-, June 15, 1864, left the church without a pas- 


tor, and as the Franciscans had so increased in the 
United States, especially since their introduction from 
Italy into Western New York as to form a province, 
the Most Reverend Archbishop McCloskey resolved to 
confide the church to the order founded by its holy 
patron. The Provincial, then the learned Rev. Father 
Pamfilo da Magliano, known as an ecclesiastical writer 
and prudent superior, accepted the charge, and selected 
the Rev. Father Andrew Pfeiffer, O.S.F., to assume the 
direction of the chm'ch, which then became really Fran- 
ciscan. He was also Guardian of the Convent, in which, 
from time to time, other Fathers came to labor under 

One of the first efforts of Father Andi'ew was to 
put the parochial schools on a better basis. There had 
been a school for boys ; to this he gave new life, and 
for the girls he introduced into his parish the Missionary 
Sisters of the Tliird Order of St. Francis, tlu-ee of 
whom arrived from T}to1 on the 5th of December, 1866, 
to begin their good work. For them he erected a suit- 
able home adjoining the church, at No. 99 West Thirty- 
fii'st Street. The fii'st year they could report one 
hundred and twenty-seven girls, the pupils in the boys' 
school numbering eighty. Their pupils now number more 
than tlu'ee hundi'ed girls, and the department for the 
boys, under a Brother of the Third Order, shows a simi- 
lar increase. 


In 1870 the Rev. Eugene Dikovicli became Guar- 
dian of tlie Franciscan Convent and pastor of St. Francis. 
He renovated the church, both exterior and interior, and 
hopes soon to replace the still existing- part of the old 
edifice by a more worthy structure. 

The congregation is not by any means a large one, 
nor does it number many on whom Providence has 
showered wealth with a hand of 2ii"<jfiision ; but they 
generally feel that their patron saint should be honored 
in this great city by an edifice grander in its propor- 
tions and design. 

This they hope in time to accomplish, and with the 
self-sacrificing body of clerg}- at their head, this great 
result will probably be attained ere many years have 

But whatever the futm-e may bring forth, the pres- 
ent pastor feels it incumbent on him to do all in his 
power to render the church and all its appurtenances 
fitted to accomplish all that any parish can require. 

In this view he has already done much to show 
that the Cluu'ch of St. Francis is fully sensible of every 
want and prepared to meet it. With n congregation thus 
holding up the pastor's hands, half the battle is already 
won. Aided by the generosity of his flock, the Rev. 
Eugene Dikovich has added a new and fine organ, to 
give the music of the church due solenuiity and effect 
in the various offices of rellLaon. He has also erected 


a new parochial school-house, adapted to the wants of lus 
parish, and well supplied with all requisites. 

This church has connected with it the Third Order 
of St. Francis, a religious order instituted hy St. Francis 
for persons living- in the world. It is termed the Third 
Order — that of the Friars Minor being the first ; that of 
the Nuns or Poor Clares being the second. It has been 
encom-aged by the Sovereign Pontiffs, and has numbered 
in its members some of the most illustrious Catholic names 
in all countries — kings and cpieens, statesmen, writers, 
artistS; soldiers, who all died in the habit of St. Francis. 

There are also established in the congregation of St. 
Francis of Assisi, Rosary, Pm-gatorian, and Altar socie- 
ties; as well as associations in honor of St. Anthony, 
St. Peter, and St. Henry. 






THE Reverend Fatlier of tlie Order of 8t. Francis 
who noAv directs tlie parisli dedicated to tlie lioly 
founder of tlie Friars Minor, Rev. Father Eu<;-ene Jolin 
Dikovich, is a native of Hungary, born in tlie ( 'ounty of 
Moson, on the 27th of January, 1841. 

After .studying- tlie classics with the Benedictine 
Fathers of Sopron, he entered the (_)rder of 8t. Francis 
on the llth of October, 1857. 

Here he pursued the usual studies to fit him for 
the priesthood, had completed his oi' jihilosophy, 
and had just begun his theological studies, ^\hcn he was 
admitted to his religious profession on the 9tli of No- 
vember, 1862. 

Two years later the j'oung friar of St. Francis re- 
ceived the holy order of priesthood, on the feast of 
Candlemas, in the year 1864. He was inimediatel}- ap- 
pointed to the temporary charge of several parishes in 
the neighborhood of his convent, discharging his duties 
in such a manner as to commend him to his superiors. 

On returning to his convent he was ajipointed to 


deliver the Sunday sermon in the collegiate church in 
the city of Tirnavia, and besides discharging the duty 
thus devolved iipon him for two years, he gave cate- 
chetical instruction in the convent school of the Ursu- 
lines in tliat city. 

The same honorary post of Sunday preacher in the 
convent church at Strigonium was filled by Father 
Eugene from 18G8 to 1870, after which he was sent by 
the General Superior of the Franciscan Order to the 
United States, and attached to St. Mary's Province. 

In the new field thus opened to his zeal he did 
not remain inactive ; he was soon assigned by tlie pro- 
vincial to the position of guardian and pastor of the 
convent and church of St. Francis of Assisi, in West 
Thirty -first Street. His ability and eloquence have made 
him highly esteemed, and the church prospers under his 
care. His associate is the Rev. Polycarp Giith, O.S.F., ex- 
Custos, and there are also in the convent two lay brothers. 
The Very Rev. Charles da Nazzano, O.S.F., for several 
years Provincial of the American Province of the Immac- 
ulate Conception, also resides in tliis house. 



THE Fathers of the Society of Jesus were, in the 
persons of the heroic priests — Isaac Jognes, Fran- 
cis Joseph Bressani, and Simon Le Moyne — the tirst to 
visit tlie city after its settlement by the emigrants from 
Netherland. Tliey were the first to estabhsli Catliohc 
worship and a CathoHc institution of learning here in 
the days of James II.; they labored earnesth' here as 
devoted missionaries and able educators in the days of 
Fenwick and Kohlman. 

In the year 1840, the late Most Reverend Arch- 
bishop Hughes, regretting that the Diocese of Ne\\' York 
had ever lost the services of an order so intimately con- 
nected with the earliest efforts of the Churcli in the 
city and State, invited to Now York a number of the 
Fathers ^^■ho l)elongod to the Province of France, and 
who had for some years been connected with the Dio- 
cese of Louisville. He confided to their care the Col- 
lege of St. John, which he liad founded at Fordham, 
as well as the theological seminary established at the 
same place. 

Their zeal souglit also a field in the City of New 


York as missioiiers and teachers. Encouraged by the 
Most Reverend Archbishop, they purchased a clnirch on 
Khzabeth Street which had been erected and used by a 
Protestant (hMiouiination. 

This edifice was thoroughly repaired, and fitted up 
ibr a C^athoHc church, chiefly under the direction of the 
Rev. Fatlier Peter Verheyden, S.J., wlio frescoed the in- 
terior in a most artistic numner. This new church was 
dedicated on Saturday, July 31, 1847, as the Church of 
the Holy Name of Jesus, by the Rt. Rev. John McChis- 
key, D.D., Bishop of Axiern and Coadjutor to the- IJislioj) 
of New York. The Rt. Rev. AVilliam Quarter, D.D., 
l)ishop of Chicago, also took part in the ceremony, as 
did a great number of the clergy of the diocese. After 
the performance of the ritual of dedication. High ]\[ass 
was off"ered ])ontifically by the Bishop of Axiern, now a 
cardinal of the Holy Romnn Church, the Rev. William 
Starrs of St. Mary's being assistant priest, the Redemi)to- 
rist Fatlier Tappert, deacon, and the Rev. Gabriel Rump- 
ler, subdoacon. The master of ceremonies was the Pev. 
D. "W. l^acon, subsequently Bishop of Portland. After 
the gospel, a sermon was preached by the (eloquent Fatlier 
Ryder, President of the College of the Holy Cross, 
AVorcester, IVIass. 

The Jesuit Fathers fitted up the basement of this 
church for an academy, the nucleus of a future colleger, 
and were encouraged with the hope of Iteing able; to 


find scope for their zeal. But their anticipations were 
rudely dissipated. On the 22d of January, 1848, the fire, 
through a defective flue, made its way between the plas- 
tering and the wall, and unperceived sj^read through the 
whole building, till it found vent in the steeple, where 
it blazed out fiercely. Then it was too late to save the 
church, which was soon one mass of flames, burning as 
long as there was any fuel to feed them. 

The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, after its 
brief existence of about six months, passed from the list 
of our houses of worship. 

The Jesuit Fathers did not rebuild it, and for some 
years difficulties impeded the commencement of a neAv 
church in a more favorable locality. At last, in 1850, 
they purchased several lots, extending from Fifteenth to 
Sixteenth Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, and 
began to erect on Fifteenth Street the College of St. 
Francis Xavier, and on Sixteenth Street the clnu-ch of 
the same name. The project and the execution were 
due in a great degree to the Rev. Father John Ryan, 
who had already erected the first church at Yonkers. 
The architect was Mr. William Rodrigue, and the plan 
of the church was the Roman, Avhicli has always been 
more commonly adopted, in chiu'ches of the Society of 
Jesus, than either Gothic or Grecian. 

The corner-stone was laid on the 24th of Septem- 
ber, 1850, and the Rt. Rev. P. N. Lynch, D.D., Bishop of 


Charleston, delivered on tlu' occasion a. liapj)}- discourse, 
which was listened to witli marked attention hy the 
crowds Avho assembled to witness the ceremony. The 
want of more and larger clnn-ches was at this time sorely 
felt, and all hailed with delight every accession of priests 
and every additional church. i\Ian}' of the older struc- 
tures were in evident need of enlargement or rebuilding, 
even if ncAV churches accommodated part of their already 
overflowing congregations. 

The Church of St. Francis Xavier, thus begun under 
most favorable auspices, was completed in the following- 
year, and was solemnly dedicated on the 6th of July, 
1851, by the Most Rev. Archbishop Hughes. After the 
blessing of the sacred edifice according to the rites pre- 
scribed by the Church, a Solemn High Mass was offered, 
and his Grace delivered a sermon liefitting the occasion. 

Among the distinguished Fathers ■\\ho have from 
time to time been pastors, or engaged in the ministry at 
this chm-ch, may be mentioned the Rev. Fathers Michael 
Driscol, Joseph Durthaller, Joseph Loyzance, Isidore Dau- 
bresse, W. Moylan, John Larkin, Hippolyte Deluynes. 

Father John Larkin was one of the most eminent 
members of the order in this mission. He had been 
connected with the Society of St. Sulpice, and a pro- 
fessor of great ability in their seminary at Montreal be- 
fore he became a Jesuit. After he entered the order he 
was, in 1850, appointed by Pope Pius IX. to the See of 


Toronto, Canada; l)ut in lii.s humility lie labored sii earn- 
estly to avoid the honor that he was allowed to I'emain 
in his order. He died suddenlj', on the 11th of Decem- 
ber, ISfiS, just after leaving- the confessional, in Avhieh 
he had spent the whole afternoon. He was to have 
preached the next day in St. James' Church in behalf 
of the parochial schools. Archbishop:) Hug-hes himself re- 
})laced him, almost too full of emotion to speak. 

Father Hippolyte Deluynes, who was almost con- 
stantly attached to this church, till his death in 1877, 
had Ijeen Professor of Theology in Kentucky', where he 
entered the order. Learned, deeply versed in the Scrip- 
tures, of a clear and penetrating mind, he enjoyed uni- 
versal esteem. 

Soon after the erection of the church and colle<re, 
the Fathers in charge of the parish prej)are<l to do all 
in their power for the cause of education. A substantial 
building Avas raised in Nineteenth Street, at a cost of 
some !B2 0,000, for the purposes of a boys' school, which 
WAS placed under the care of the Christian Brothers, 
\vho have continued to direct it to the j^resent time. 
The Ladies of the Sacred Heai-t had established a con- 
vent within the bounds of the parochial district, as- 
signed to the Church of St. Francis Xavier. These 
religious, the most accomplished of teachers, direct an 
academy for young ladies in the building fronting on 
Se\-enteenth Street, and in Eighteenth Street conduct the 


jjiirucliial school. Tli(3 iuflueucc of their tcacliiiij^- has 
been ot" incalculable advantage. 

The choir of the church, under the direction of Dr. 
William Berge, who under Father Verlieydeu had be- 
come the organist of tlie Church of the Holy Name, 
attained a high standing in nuisical circles. The music 
was always grand and decorous, free from the meretri- 
cious liberties which so t)ften shock true Catholic feelino-. 

Being at the time of its erection in one of the 
most fashionable quarters of New York, the Church of 
St. Francis Xavier was for years a center of the most 
distinguished Catholics of the city. Here on a Sunday 
would be seen at mass, army generals like Meagher and 
Ferrero, painters like Leutze, men of wealth like Thomas 
E. Davis. 

The history of the church has been marred by oidy 
one accident, which cast a gloom over it for a time. 
The Church of St. Francis Xavier was, in March, 1S77, 
attended by thousands anxious to benefit by the instruc- 
tion given at a mission, eloquent sermons on all the 
fundamental doctrines of the church — the necessity of a 
Christian life, sincere repentance, and preparation for 
death and the great final account. On the evenina- of 
Thm-sday, March 8tli, while Father Langcake was deliv- 
ering a sermon on death, during the mission to the wo- 
men, some boys or other persons, from levit}- or a de- 
sire to profit by the confusion for thievish purposes, jjut 


their heads in at the church door and called out, " Fire ! 
Fire ! Fire ! " Instantly a panic spread among those near- 
est the door, and a frantic rush was made to escape from 
the building, which they supposed to be in flames. The 
crush on the gallery stairs was tremendous, as each tried 
to push a way tlu-ough, regardless of the safety of others. 
The clergy at the altar reassured the mass of the con- 
gregation and contimxed the ser\aces, in order to dispel 
all fears. Father Meri-ick, the pastor of the church, who 
had been engaged in the basement hearing confessions, 
rushed to the front on hearing the noise above, and did 
all that human 2^^^^'fi" could do to still the storm and 
quiet the alarmed and frightened people. Calm was 
at last restored. With the help of cool men, the clergy 
and sexton raised and carried out those who had fallen, 
and opened the way to the street. It was only then 
that the extent of the disaster was known. Seven lives 
were lost and seven persons were seriously injiu-ed by 
the thoughtless or wicked trick. 

The church had been considered safe, and more than 
ordinary precautions had been taken against any real 
fire — there were three doors, all oj^ening outwardly, and 
the stairs from the galleries had but one turn, and were 
lighted. So strong was all the work that nothing gave 
way imder the tremendous pressure. 

The funeral services for those who perished by the 
disaster were most impressive. " One of the victims," said 


Father Langcake on that occasion, " was a good, pious 
woman, and liad received communion the very morning of 
the disaster. One young girl, Mary Casey, whose body 
is here before you, was well known as a good, pious girl. 
She came to mass every morning. All of them were 
well prepared. We have every reason to feel consoled, 
because God did not treat them harshly. Do not consider 
it, tlien, as a proof of God's unkindness. 

" God loves victims, requires victims. It is His way. 
Did He not make His divine Son Jesus a victim 1 and 
no one was more pleasing to God the Father than Jesus, 
His Son ; and yet He was the great victim. He was 
nailed to the cross of Calvary, and died between two 
thieves. After Jesus came another, the pixrest of mere 
human beings, Mary, the Virgin Mother of Jesus. What 
a victim she was ! How her heart was pierced with 
grief! The seven-edged sword of sorrow pierced that 
heart tlu*ouo-h and through. After them came the saints. 
Victims they were, that poured out their blood for the 
faith, all for the love of God. What does this prove ? 
It proves that God loves victims ; that he wants victims 
in order to appease His anger against a guilty and fallen 
race. He chose His victims, bvit chose them kindly and 
mercifully. He chose them in His goodness from those 
that were well prepared in a good moment. 'Weep not, 
then, as they that have no hope.' My dear friends, you 
have everything to hope ! We have made it our duty 


to offer the adorable sacrifice of the mass for those that 
have perislied and their relatives and friends who are so 
much affected by the disaster. This morning- every sacri- 
fice — some twenty-five in number — was offered for the 
victims. I have just offered Solenni Hig-h ]\rass for the 
dead, especially for those whose bodies are now in the 

This event induced the Fathers to carry oiit an in- 
tention long- entertained, that of erecting a new, larger 
and more substantial church. The want of such an edi- 
fice had been felt, but the condition of affairs seemed 
to require a prudent delay. 

Between the old church and Sixth Avenue was a 
row of seven houses. These were purchased, and four 
taken down entirely, and tlu'ee in part ; a portion of 
the college also being demolished. The plan of a new 
cluu-ch was drawn up by P. C. Keely, the architect. 
It will be of brick, with a fatjade of light granite, in 
the Roman style. In its dimensions it is to be a 
noble temple to the Almighty, seventy-seven feet in front, 
with a depth of one hundred and - eighty-four feet. The 
transept has a width of more than a hiuidred feet, and 
is forty-five feet wide. The sanctuary will be sj^acious 
and elegant. 


There will be galleries at the side and front, and 
two choir galleries, each with an organ electrically con- 
nected, so that one player can control both. 



T\n' I'nmt L'levation of the churcli will be one hun- 
dred and tour feet, with towers rising one hundred and 
eighty feet. These dimensions show that the church will 
be vast and connnodious. The basement will be eiirht- 
een feet high, to give a fine cliapel for the use of the 
children. P^ver)' precaution will be taken for easy exit — 
there will be live main entrances in front, with other 
doors at the side and rear. The church will seat twenty- 
five luuidred, and be an imposing edifice. The corner- 
stone of this new clmrch was laid with great solenniity 
on the 5th of May, 1878, the folloAvhig inscription, in 
the most exact lapidary style, from the pen of the Rev. 
Father C. Piccirillo, S.J., having been placed under the 

stone : — 

D • o • M • 



















































This comer-stone was laid on the afternoon of Sunday, 
May 5th, with the prescribed ceremonies and prayers, by 
the Very Rev. WilHam Quinn, Administrator of the Diocese 
during' the absence of liis Eminence Cardinal McCloskey. 
The platform and the neighboring- houses were decorated 


with flags, and an oil painting of the tituUir saint of the 
church was disjjlayed in tlie view of all. At four o'clock 
the procession emerged from the old church. The cross- 
bearer and acolytes were followed by the children of 
the Sunday-school and members of sodalities established 
in the parish, and passed through the walls of the new 
church to the large cross erected there. With the in- 
scription, photographs of Pope Pius IX. and Leo XIII. 
were deposited. The sermon was preached by the Right 
Rev. P. N. Lynch, D.D., Bishop of Charleston, who had, 
as we have seen, officiated in a similar manner at the 
commencement of the old church. 

He dwelt in his sermon on the wonderful o-rowth of 
Catholicity in this country, especially in the city and 
Diocese of New York, where the churches were mainly 
the work of the poor — ( )f those dej^endent for a liveli- 
hood on their daily toil — but who, in the deep sense of 
their indebtedness to God, gave freely of their hard- 
earned and scanty remuneration to the service of the 

The new structure is advancing prudently and with 
care. Much is yet to be done, but the congregation 
evince a zeal and generosity that insure its completion 
in a style to endure for years, and give the pnrisli a 
church fully adequate to all their wants. 




I loNOR. 





Aylvvard, James B. 

Lyddy, Daniel R. 

Burke, M., Mrs. 

Lynch, J. J. 

Butler, Agnes T., Mrs. 

McCabe, Thomas. 

Campbell, Mary, Miss. 

McCann, Owen. 

Cassin, Timothy. 

McVey, John. 

Crotty, John B. 

Mara, Lawrence P. 

Dean, Mary, Mrs. 

Mooney, Owen. 

Dowd, James. 

Murray, Peter. 

Duffy, Philip. 

O'Brien, Michael. 

Fitzsimons, John. 

Patterson, James. 

Fitzsimons, Michael. 

Reardon, John. 

Higgins, Simon. 

Roach, Thomas. 

Kean, Thomas. 

Ryan, William. 

Kelly, John, Mrs. 

Sellers, Augustin. 

Kensilla, Thomas. 

Smith, Michael. 




THE Rev. David Merrick is a native of New York 
City. He was born February 19, 1833, and re- 
ceived his education in St. John's College, Fordham. 

Resohnng to devote himself to the service of God, 
and feeling a vocation for the religious state, he entered 
the Society of Jesus, July 21, 1853, and after years 
spent in teaching and in the theological studies, received 
holy orders. 

After his ordination he was employed in the mis- 
sionary work of the parish, and has now for several years 
been pastor of the Church of St. Francis Xavier, es- 
teemed as an eloquent and learned preacher, an able 
administrator, and a devoted jn-iest. 

Two volumes from his pen, " Lectures on the Church" 
and " Sermons for the Times," have been most favorably 
received and widely read. Of Father Men-ick's " Lectures 
on the Church," the Catholic World said: "They are logi- 
cal, solid, and at the same time easy to be understood. 
He refutes the Protestant doctrine on the Rule of Faith, 
and establishes the Catholic rule, ending with the cul- 


minating point of the supremacy of the Pope in govem- 
ment and doctrine. The proofs of the latter from En- 
ghsh history are remarkably appropriate and well put. 
The style of the reverend author is pure and pleasing." 

With the Fathers appointed to assist him in St. 
Francis Xavier's, Father Merrick attends also St. Vin- 
cent's Hospital, No. 195 West Eleventh Street, the old- 
est and largest Catholic hospital in the city, which is 
directed by the Sisters of Charity; and also St. Joseph's 
Home for Aged Women, No. 203 West Fifteenth Street, 
where those overtaken by years and infirmities receive 
the kindest attention from the same devoted religious. 

Other Fathers of the same order, residing in the 
college, which adjoins the church, attend the Catholics 
in the city institutions on Blackwell's Island, the poor 
childi-en on Randall's Island, the emigrants on Ward's 
Island ; while the prisons have for years received the 
visits and care of a priest who has identified himself 
with that excellent work — the Rev. Father Henry Dm-an- 
quet, S.J. 





-^nr^ HE Chuvch of St. John tlie Evangelist, East Fiftieth 
I Street, for some years acconnnodated the Cathohcs 

in tluvt district of the city, but it soon l)ecanie evident 
that tlie parisli was too hxrge for one pastor, and the church 
too small for the Catholics already within its boundaries, 
and especially so in Adew of the increase that the next 
few years would l)ring. 

His Grace tlie Most Reverend Arclibisliop Hughes 
laid off a new parochial district south of that assigned 
to St. John the Evangelist, and confided to the Rev. 
William Clowr}', who had been assistant pastor at St. 
Stephen's, the task of organizing a new congregation and 
erecting a church. 

A site for the sacred edifice Avas ;i gift. Among 
the converts who, year by year, brought to tlie Catho- 
lic Chm-ch the cultm-e, experience, and judgment which 
had made them respected in the land, was Henry J. 
Anderson, for many years Professor of Mathematics in 
CohuTibia College, and to his deatli a member of the 
Board of Trustees of thnt institution. Not only in tlie 


patlis (if mathematics and the exact sciences, l)ut in vari- 
ous departments of learning lie held the highest rank. 

Step by step he was led to the Catholic Clmrch; 
a correspondence to divine grace making him act on the 
convictions of his intellect. From his conversion, in 
1853, he gave the Catholic body not only the example 
of a scrupulous and childlike practice of all Christian 
duties, but his personal service in aid of institutions and 
organizations. He was President of the Upper Council 
of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul ; and filling the 
same position in the Society for the Protection of Desti- 
tute Roman Catholic Children in the City of New York, 
he rendered incalculable service in furthering the welfare 
of the NeM' York Catholic Protectory. When the Catho- 
lic Union of New York was founded, a unanimous voice 
called him to preside over its councils. 

In the new 2^3,i"i*^li> i)laced under the care of the 
Rev. Mr. Clowry, Dr. Anderson took a deep interest, 
and he conveyeil to the church, in 1S.")9, eight lots on 
East Tliirty-seventh Street, worth at least twenty-five 
thousand dollars, as four additional lots j^iu'chased b}' tlio 
pastor showed. 

The new parish was placed under the invocation of 
the angel Gabriel, the messenger chosen by God to an- 
nounce to the Blessed Virgin i\Iary that the hour of re- 
demption had come, and that of her, the Virgin so long 
announced, was to be born the Sa\iour of the World. 


For the propliet Daniel, centuries before, the angel Gabriel 
had lifted the veil of futurity and heralded that event in 
which he was to appear so conspicuously. 

On the church to be raised in his honor, his effigy 
might stand with the words of Holy Writ: "I am Ga- 
briel who stand before God : and am sent to speak to 
thee, and to bring thee these good tidings." 

The Rev. Mr. dowry's first care was to erect school- 
houses for the parish. These were completed towards the 
close of the year ISf)!), and the first floor of the male 
school was duly blessed as a chapel. A large congrega- 
tion, numbei-ing fifteen hundi'ed, assembled here, and for 
five years it was the temporary church, three masses being 
said every Sunday morning. 

Meanwhile the pastor zealously employed liis time 
and influence to collect means to justify him in com- 
mencing the erection of the church. The breaking out 
of the late civil war, and the distress and gloomy fore- 
bodings that filled the country, prevented the good work, 
and it was not till the year 1864 that the building of 
St. Gabriel's was imdertaken in earnest and the corner- 
stone laid. 

The architect to whom the work was intrusted was 
Mr. H. Engelbert, who selected the Gothic architecture of 
the thirteenth century, and reared a chui'ch of great 

The church fronts on Thirty-seventh Street, about two 


liundred feet east of Second Avenue. The deptli of the 
building- is one hundred and thirty-eight feet, and the 
width sixty-eight feet. The nave is thirty-eight feet in 
height, and the side aisles thirty-five feet. The height of 
tlie front is seventy-eight feet, and of the tower and sjjire 
one hundred and eighty-six feet. Brown stone from the 
Belleville, New Jersey, quarries was used in the front of 
the edifice; the side nnd rear walls are of brick, with 
brown stone trimmings. The ceilings of the nave and aisles 
are groined, and rest upon eighteen gracefull}' formed 
cluster columns. The chancel is finished in the richest 
style of ornamentation, and possesses a new feature in the 
shape of two arches— the interior one twenty feet wide, 
and the exterior one thirt}', so that the large altar can be 
seen from every part of the churcli. This altar is finished 
with a very rich screen of open tracery work, ^^■lth 
statues, and a large painting of the Annunciation in the 
centre. This painting is a copy, b)' Mazolini, from 
Guido's celebrated painting of that ]\Iystery. There 
are two side altars, elaborately finished, one of which is 
dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and the other to St. 

The church seats sixteen hundred persons and cost 
eighty thousand dollars. Most of this large amount was 
collected by the Rev. Mr. Clowry in sums of from one 
dollar to five hundred. 

The church was dedicated on the 12th of November, 


1865. The altars were beautifully adorned, ai^d the 
whole interior decorated. At the appointed honr, his 
Grace the Most Reverend Archbishop IVIcCloskey, attended 
by the Very Rev. William Starrs, V.G., issued in pro- 
cession from the vestry, the cross and acolytes leading 
the long line of clergymen. After the ceremony pre- 
scribed by the ritual had been completed, and the sacred 
edifice dedicated to Almighty God under the invocation 
of the holy angel Gabriel, the procession re-entered the 
sacristy. The altar was then prepared, the priest attired 
for the celebration of the holy sacrifice appeared -with his 
deacon and subdeacon; the Archbishop and Bishop Lynch 
of Charleston occupying the places of honor in the sanc- 
tuary. The mass was then proceeded with, the celebrant 
being the Rev. Father Baratta, assisted by the Rev. A. 
Donnelly as deacon and the Rev. James Conron as 
subdeacon. The sermon was preached by Bishop Lynch 
of Charleston, S. C, who said : — 

" Li the divinely inspired records of the old dispen- 
sation, the Temple of Jerixsaleni ever stands out in most 
remarkable prominence. It was the subject of prophecies 
and promises before it was built. The sacred j^age nar- 
rates with great minuteness the gorgeousness of its many 
ornaments, and the inspired writers dwell with rapture on 
the glories of the day spent in its dedication to the 

" Soon after our first parents went out of the Gar- 


den of Eden they offered sacrifices to Ilim, and gathered 
together stones and bnilt them an altar. Tlu-oughout 
the patriarchal ages altars were built. These altars were 
dedicated to God, and the memory of the sacrifices offer- 
ed upon them sanctified the places where they stood, and 
no man ovight to approach the same without reverence 
and awe. 

" Then God, with a strong hand, gathered together 
his people from the land of Egypt and made them a 
people to himself In their wanderings they bore about 
with them, during ages of expectation, the tabernacle, in 
which sacrifices were made, until the fullness of time 
came. Jerusalem was chosen as the sacred site. And by 
the command of God the people gathered together the 
material which was to build the temple. 

" In the fullness of time revelations came to the 
human race through Jesus Chi-ist. Not alone in Jerusa- 
lem were sacrifices to be offered to the Lord, but from the 
rising of the sun to the going down of the same, every- 
where, in all ages, shall sacrifice and oblation be offered 
to the Lord God Almighty. The new law — the Clu-is- 
tian law — was given to man. 

" During the ages of persecution it was in the cata- 
combs that the Christians worshiped in secret, for there 
they were hidden from the light of the sun and the surg- 
ing anger and wTath of their persecutors. These catacombs 
were the refuge of Clu-istians for two hundi-ed years. 


" For u time the Emperor's sword would be sheathed, 
and then the Christians came out and erected some hum- 
ble chiu'ches. 

" But at length Clu-istianity triumphed over all its 
enemies, and the Cln-istians came forth radiant from the 
catacombs. Then very soon indeed was erected over the 
tomb of St. Peter the Basilica. 

" Years rolled on, and wherever Christianity was 
preached, there more churches in the form of the Basilica 
were erected. These churches were seen raising aloft 
their golden domes everywhere and in all lands. Then 
the Avork of Christianity spread further and wider, and 
these churches midtiplied and were erected in that style 
which is styled Christian by pre-eminence, and with which 
pagan antiquities seemed to have no connecting link. 
Then it was that the people built those churches which 
still stand luiequaled in their artistic beauty, and un- 
eqiuiled in the power they have to impress devotion upon 
the souls of men. 

"The highest and the noblest work in which a man 
can engage is that of building churches. For what, my 
bretln-en, is a church 1 What is the meaning of the word ? 
The house of the Lord. The Lord has given you worldly 
goods, and you take from them some portion and set it 
aside to His glory,, and you give it to Him as if it 
were a gift. And He in His goodness is pleased to ac- 
cept it and make it more fruitful of benefits to yourself. 


" Love your church ; revere it, frequent it ; for in 
this church A\'ill the new-born child be brought that it 
may be washed in the holy waters of baptism. Here too, 
when the child is gi'own up, it will return to receive such 
early instruction in divine truth as is adapted to its in- 
tellect. Here too the youth will return to receive the 
"•race of confirmation. Here too will those come who are 
called to the holy state of matiimony, to be blessed be- 
fore the altar, and to be strengthened and prepared to 
fulfill the duties of their new state. Here too you may 
come to worship Clirist and partake of yoiu- Lord's sup- 
per. Here too you will come to hear the revelation of 
divine truth and to have your duties made manifest to 
you. Here too will come the mortal remains of the de- 
parted Clu-istian that the prayers of the Church may be 
said in his behalf. 

"This is- what the Church is — a link between God 
and man — between earth and Heaven. Love, therefore, 
revere and frequent your church." 

After the dedication of the church the Rev. Mr. Clowry 
set to work to perfect the system of Catholic education 
which he had introduced, and he succeeded, in spite of 
many obstacles, in making St. Gabriel's schools the pride 
of the parish. 

The reverend founder of St. Gabriel's is still its pas- 
tor, after nearly twenty years' labor among his flock. He 
has been assisted from time to time by the Rev. John 


B. Baratta, Rev. B. J. O'Callaghaii, llev. Thoiuas J. Welch, 
Rev. Andrew Canary, and his present cm-ates, the Rev. 
William A. O'Neill, Rev. Nicholas J. Hughes, Rev. James 
J. Flood, and Rev. William F. Brady. 

The provision made in this })arish for the Catholic 
training of the }"0ung is ample. St. Gabriel's Select 
School, at Nos. 229 and 231 East Thirty-sixth Street, 
nmnbers one hundi'ed and twenty }'oung ladies as pupils, 
under the careful training of Sisters of Charit}'. 

The parochial schools for gratuitous edvication, estab- 
lished in 1859, are very large. The boys, under the direc- 
tion of those experienced instructors, the Brothers of the 
Chi'istian Schools, number eight lunidred and ninety ; and 
the girls, taught by Sisters of Charity, are estimated at 
five hundred; so tliat in this jxirish alone more than fif- 
teen hundi'ed of the }'Oung are receiving- a sound and 
tboroughly Catholic education, the Avliole bm-den of which 
falls on those who cannot in conscience intrust their 
children to the schools of the State, for wdiich they are 

Connected with the church are the following soci- 
eties : St. Vincent de Paul Conference — President, James 
Darlington ; Vice-President, Patrick Tierney ; Treasurer, 
James Dempsey ; Secretary, T. J. Finley. St. Clabriel's 
School Association — President, Hon. John Mullaly ; Vice- 
President, P. H. McDonough ; Recording Secretary, Major 
O'Shaughnessy ; Financial Secretary, Wm. T. Goggins ; 

CHURCH OF 8r. GABRraL. 32 1 


g Secretary, V. P. CaiToll. Youny Men's 

Musical and 

Literary Association, presided over by offi- 

cers elected 

annually. Besides these there ai-e other soci- 

eties, such 

as the Sodality of the Sacred Heart, the 

Rosary and 

Scapular societies, the Society of the Chil- 

dren of ]\Iai 

•y, &c., which are directed by the priests of 

the cluu-cli. 

Roll of Honor. 

Adams, Bridget, M 

■s. Byrnes, Michael. Conway, Arthur. Donnelly, John. 

Ahein, Cornelius. 

Cain, Michael. Corrigan, John J. Donnelly, Joseph. 

Banan, William. 

Callaghan, Joseph,Mrs Corrigan, Patrick. Donnelly, Patrick. 

Banuon, Owen. 

Callahan, James. Costello, Mar)-. DonnoIIy, T. 1'. 

Barker, Francis. 

Callahan, Jeremiah. Coughlin, Thomas. Donohue, Michael, Mrs 


Berrigan, Eliza. 

Campbell, Owen. Crawford, Mary. Donohue, Tliomas. 

Bowen, Daniel. 

Carberry, William. Creamer, Michael. Doody, ICUie, Miss. 

Boylan, Ann, Mrs. 

Carey, Charles. Cronin, P. Dooley, John. 

Boylan, Mary. 

Carney, John. Crowe, Michael. Doonan, Patrick J. 

Boyle, John. 

Carroll, E. P. Cunningham, Patrick. Dougherty, A. T. 

Boyle, "Margaret, ^ 

rs. Carroll, Susan, Mrs. Cunningham, Thos. K. Dougherty, Cornelius. 

Boylston, Edward. 

Carney, John. Curran, T. Dougherty, Patrick. 

Brady, James. 

Casey, Luke. Daley, Catharine, Mrs. Downs, Patrick. 

Bransfielcl, Honora. 

Cassidy, Mary A. Daley, James. Doyle, John. 

Brady, Hanna. 

Cassidy, Patrick. Daly, John David. Duane, Michael. 

Brady, Maria. 

Chester, Maria, Mrs. Darcy, John, Duffy, John. 

Brady, P. 

Chidwick, John B. Darcy, D, Duffy, Owen. 

Breen, Michael, A. 

Clark, J. Delaney, Peter. Dunley, Joseph. 

Brennan, James. 

Clark, Kate. Delaney, William. Dunn, Eliza. 

Brennan, John. 

Clancy, Michael. Dempsey, James. Dunn, John. 

Brennan, P. 

Clifford, MichaeL Dennis, C. Dunn, Michael. 

Britt, Mary, Mrs. 

Coffey, John. Derwin, James. Ennis, Margaret. 

Brown, Richard J. 

Coffey, i'eter. Devine, Catharine, Mrs Erwin, .Annie, Mrs. 

Bro\\'ne, Pat'k E.,^ 

rs. Coleman, Hugh. Devlin, James. Fagan, John, 

lirowne, Richard. 

Collins, Patrick. Diehl, Michael. Fallon, Daniel. 

Burns, Maria, Mrs 

Connell, T. Dillon, Patrick. Farley, J. 

Byrne, Patrick. 

Connelly, Rose E.Mrs. Dineen, James. Farrell, Hugh F. 

Byrnes, Denis. 

Connelly, Felix. Dolan, John. Farrell, John. 

Byrnes, John. 

Coonev, James F. Dolan, Margaret. Farrelly, Patrick. 

Byrnes, Lawrence. 

Courtney, J. Donegan, Eliza. Fawcett, Francis. 




Feeley, Ilannali. 
Finnelly, '1'. 
Fitzpatiick, Jolin. 
Filzpatrick, Micliacl L). 
Fitzpatrick, I'atrick. 
Fitzsimmons, Kliza. 
Fitzsimons, G. 
Flannafan, CJeorge. 
Flannery, Bridget. 
Heming. Patrick, Mrs. 
Fhihr, Ann, Mrs. 
Flynn, A. 
Flynn, J. 
Foley, James F. 
Foley, John. 
Foreman, James. 
Freeman, |olin. 
FuUen, l"atrick. 
Gallagher, John. 
Gallagher, Michael. 
Gallagher, Patrick. 
Gallagher, Terence. 
Gannon, Andrew. 
Gannon, liridget, Mrs. 
Gannon, Julia. 
Garrahan, Ann, Mrs. 
Garry, Joseph. 
Gavin, Michael. 
Gaynor, Edward. 
Gehegan, Michael .\. 
Geraty, Martin. 
Gibney, .\nn. 
Goggins, William T. 
Golden, Charles. 
Grace, William, Mrs. 
Grady, Mary, Mrs. 
Grady, Michael. 
Gregory, Thomas. 
Hall, Robert. 
Hallon, Patrick. 
Hatton, Patrick. 
Healy, Thonia-s. 
Heaney, Pierce. 
Hedrick, Mary, ^[rs. 
Hefferan, Patrick. 
Higgins, John, Mrs. 
Higgins, Patrick. 
Hogan, JaiTies. 
Hope, John, 
Horlihy, M.irgaret. 
Houlahan, [ohn. 
Hughes, James. 
Hughes, Peter. 
Jones, P. 
Kane, 1 high. 
Kane, Thomas. 
Kavanagh, Edward. 

Keating, James. 
Keefe, James. 
Keegan, Alice, Mrs. 
Kehoe, Edward. 
Kehoe, Michael. 
Kelly, Catharine, Mrs. 
Kelly, Edward. 
Kelly, James. 
Kelly, Patrick. 
Kelyberg, Ber'd, Mrs, 
Kennedy, Kate. 
Kennedy, Lawrence. 
Kenny, P. 
Kevelin, Bridget. 
Kiernan, Bridget. 
Kiernan, 1.. D. 
Kindelon, Patrick. 
King, Patrick, 
Kinsella, Robert. 
Lambert, Patrick. 
Lambert, Timothy. 
Lambert, \\'illiam. 
Laverty, Mary J. 
Leddy, Felix. 
Lee, !\Lary, Mrs. 
Leip, James. 
Leonard, Catharine. 
Leslie, Francis, Mrs. 
Lestrange, Patrick. 
Levins, James K. 
Looram. Patrick. 
Love, Michael. 
Lowery, Thomas. 
Lynch, John. 
Lynch, T. 

Mc.^ulifie, Florence. 
Mc.^uliffe, John J. 
McBride, Owen. 
McCabe, Mary. 
McCabe, William. 
McCaflery, John. 
McCahill, Maggie. 
McCarthy, G. 
McCarthy, James. 
McCormick, Bridget, 
McCrosson, Rose. 
McCue, Elizabeth, Mrs. 
McCnllen, Morris. 
McDon.aId, John. 
McDonough, Patrick. 
McEvoy, Ellen, Mrs. 
McGee, Patrick. 
McGinn, Patrick. 
McGlew, Christopher. 
McGrath, Michael. 
McGrath, P.atrick. 
McGurren, John. 


McLityre, .-^nnie, Mrs. 
McKee, Patrick. 
McKenna, J. Mrs. 
McNally, J. 
Madden, Michael F. 
Madden, t.)wen. 
Madden, Peter. 
Mahony, James. 
Marcella, John. 
Markey, G. W. 
Markey, James. 
Martin, P. 

Masterson, Ed. Mrs. 
Mead, Michael. 
Meehan, Kate, 
Meeks, John, Mrs. 
Meskelli John. 
Milligan, Cath., Mrs. 
Moloney, T. F. 
Morgan, Matthew. 
Moore, Catharine. 
Mordan, John. 
Morgan, J. 
Morris, Patrick. 
Mulligan, Catharine. 
Mulligan, James. 
Mulsley, Mary. 
Murphy, John. 
Murphy, Thomas. 
Murphy, Timothy. 
Ahu'ray, John. 
Mutel, .August. 
Noonan, John. 
Norris, John IL 
Nugent," Matthew. 
O'Brien, Dora. 
O'Brien, J 

O'Brien, Joanna, Mrs. 
O'Connell, JelTrey.Mrs 
O'Connor, Connell. 
O'Connor, John, Mrs. 
O'Donnell, B. 
O'Donovan, Tim'y J. 
O'Hara, James. 
O'Hara, Mary. 
O'CSara, John \V. 
O'Grady," Mary, ^h■s. 
O'Keefe, Thomas. 
O'Rourke, Bernard. 
O'.Shaughnessy, John. 
O'Sullivan, Hanna. 
Otterson, Francis. 
Padden, John. 
Phillips, "H. i\L 
Pollard, Daniel. 
Powell, Daniel. 
Powell, Thomas. 

Prunty, J.imes. 
Purcell, Patrick. 
Quin, Julia, Mrs. 
Quinn, Lawrence H. 
Radican, Eliza. 
Readen, Julia. 
Reahill, Ann. 
Reddy, Mary. 
Reilly, Edward. 
Reilly, Ellen. 
Reilly, Kate. 
Reilly, Mary. 
Reilly, Rose. 
Reynolds, Peter. 
Reynolds, Thomas. 
Rice, Michael ^L 
Robinson, James. 
Ryan, Bridget. 
Ryan, Thoiuas. F. 
.Sage, Patrick. 
Scott, Nicholas. 
Seery, Bernard, F. 
Seward, Mafthew. 
Shaughnessev, J. 
Shea, D. 

Shea, Mary T. Mrs. 
Sheehan, M. 
Sheridan, James. 
Sheridan, Richard. 
Skahan, James E. 
Slater, J." 
.Slater, I'atrick. 
Smith, .\lice, Mrs. 
Smith, Charles. 
Smith, James, Mrs. 
Spillane, Morris. 
Stokes, John. 
.Stringer, James. 
Sullivan, I)ennis. 
.Sullivan, John. 
.Sweeney, Paul. 
Thornton, John N. 
Tucker, John. 
Tulley, Thonias F. 
Turley, Richard. 
Tyrrell, Margaret, Mrs. 
Walsh, John. 
Walsh, Matthew. 
Waters, Benjamin. 
Waters, Patrick. 
Weir, Rose. 
Whalen, James. 
Whalen, Thomas. 
Whelan, Henry, Mrs. 
Willoughby, Mary, Mrs 
WootUock, David. 
Woods, F. 

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TIILS worthy priest, who has so long enjoyed the 
confidence of his ecclesiastical superiors and the 
attachment of the llock confided to his care, was born in 
the Coirnty Carlow, Ireland, in the year 1822, and was 
educated at C.^arlow College, from which he passed to the 
celebrated seminary of the Irish clergy at Maynooth. 

Having become connected with the Diocese of New 
York, he was assistant to the Rev. Dr. J. W. Cummings at 
St. Stephen's Chm'ch from the year 1857 till he began his 
labors in St. Gabriel's parish, two years later. The history 
of that chm-ch is the record of his exertions to give his 
parishioners a noble temple, while it evinces his care of 
their spiritual interests and his devotion to the educa- 
tion of their cliildi'en. 

His zeal was manifested on many an occasion to 
be remembered, but was heroic during the terrible draft 
riots, which for several days deluged New York City in 

In the general care of his parish, and especially in 
the institutions for spreading among his flock the bene- 
fits of a sound Christian education, and in those catecheti- 


cal instructions wliicli are given in the Sunday-schools, 
the ReA". Mr. Clowrv has been ever an unremitting and 
zealous priest. 

He has, too, called in the services of those zealous 
priests belong-ing to religious orders who devote them- 
selves especially to giving missions in our churches, and 
whose instructions and exhortations rouse the dull, the 
torpid, and the negligent, by the pictm-e of the fearful 
penalty they incur, wliile by portraying God's love and 
mercy they win them to a better life and encourage 
the good to perseverance. 

The mission given in the parish of St. Gabriel by 
the Redemptorist Fathers Wissel and Fetch, Avith their 
associates, in November, 1873, afforded great consolation 
to the reverend pastor. 

He has had the direction of the Sisters of Mercy of 
this city for many years, having been appointed to that 
charge by his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey. A more 
striking proof of the confidence felt by his Eminence in 
the sacredotal experience, judgment and prudence of the 
pastor of St. Gabriel's is seen in the fact that he has 
selected him as a member of the Council of the diocese, 
whose advice he takes on all important matters. 





THIS churcli recalls the memory of the first Cath- 
olic priest who is known to have visited Man- 
hattan Island and exercised his sacerdotal functions among: 
civilized men upon it. Father Isaac Jogiies, avIio was 
rescued by the Dutch from the liands of the Ijlood-tliirsty 
Mohawks, descended the noble Hudson witli his deliver- 
ers, who, out of respect for one who had suffered so 
much in his labors to extend the gospel, iiamed an island 
in the river after the missionary. 

Father Jogues was a lover of the cross, and in one of 
his writings styles himself a Citizen of the Holy Cross, 
because the cathedi'al of his native citv, Orleans, was 
dedicated to the Holy Cross. In his devotion to the 
symbol of our salvation he composed a litany. 

A churcli abo\-e St. Columba's was called for about 
the year 1852, and the ]\rost Reverend Archbishop confided 
to the Rev. Joseph A. Lutz the task of looking after the 
spiritual interests of the faithful in that part of the city, 
many of whom had found it almost impossible to attend 
any of the churches regularly, especially with their 

yoiuiger children, on account of the distance. 


So impressed was Archbishop Hughes at this time 


witli tlic wants of tlie Catholics in tlie I'it}', that lie re- 
solved to defer his cherished project of coniniencing the 
work of a new cathedral in order to give the Catholics 
in the i-ity every opportunity of hearing mass and ap- 
j^roaching the sacraments. 

During the Jubilee there had been Ijetween seventy 
and eighty thousand connnunicants; and, as he inferred 
from this, there were at the time on New York island 
a quarter of a million cif Catholics. lie felt the urgent 
need of buildiu"- at once eigrht or ten new churches. 
Looking rather at the pressing want than any ?esthetic 
idea, he proposed to make them plain and solid, not to 
cost more than fifteen thousand dollars each. 

To carry out the work of chm-ch extension he })ro- 
jected a society like that established in France to aid 
foreign missions, the well-known Association for the Pro- 
pagation of the Faith. A large association in which each 
member paid a weekly trifle Avould give a fund from 
which loans coidd be made to each new church, and 
when returned by it, loaned to others. 

On the 15th of February, 1852, at the close of his 
semion in the Cathedral, he called a meeting after vespers 
and there imfolded his plans. 

The Chm-ch of the Holy Cross was one of tJie first 
fruits of his appeal; and though the projected association 
never attained the development he desired, it roused the 
Catholic body to renewed effort. 


The Rev. IVIr. Lutz obtained a place as a temporary 
chapel in West Forty-second Sti-eet, between Eighth and 
Ninth Avenues, and in this Chapel of the Holy Cross 
gathered his new congregation. Roused by the words of 
their Archbishop and by a sense of their own needs, the 
faithful showed every appreciation of the advantages thus 
offered them of enjoying the ministrations of their holy 
religion in their midst, and the priest was encouraged to 
pm'chase ground for the erection of a permanent church. 
The temporary structiu-e was well attended ; lectures were 
delivered, and other means adopted to interest the Catho- 
lics in and around the parish in the good work. 

The comer-stone of the new church was solemnly 
laid, and the interest of the people and their pride in 
being among the first to carry out the Archbishop's wishes 
led them to strain every nerve to carry on the work 
without any useless delay. They were soon rewarded 
by its completion. It was not by anv means a poor, 
plain structure, but a fine ecclesiastical edifice. 

The Church of the Holy Cross was finally completed 
towards the close of the year 1854, and was solemnly 
dedicated on the 17th of December in that year, by the 
Very Rev. AVilliam Starrs, Vicar General (A' the diocese, 
who, after the usual ceremony by Avliich the Church 
blesses buildings for the offering of the divine sacrifice, 
which is the center and sun of the whole system of her 
worship, offered a Solcnni High Mass, assisted by the 


reverend pastor, and Ly the eloquent Augustinian, the 
Very Rev. Dr. IVroriarty, who preached on the occasion. 

The church thus erected by tlie Rev. Mr. Lutz in 
lionor of tlie Holy Cross, was a l)rick edifice, constructed 
in Roman style, one hundred feet in depth by a width of 
seventy-five, capable of seating- fourteen or fifteen hundi-ed 
comfortably. There was no elaborate ornamentation, but 
it was grand and imposing ; the tall spire, towering one 
hundred and sixty feet, making it a conspicuous object 
in that part of the city. 

The Rev. Mr. Lutz, in 1855, was transferred to the 
Church of the Immaculate Conception. The Rev. Thomas 
Martin, O.S.D., was then sent to this church. Of his 
ministry here, Archbishop Hughes said : " From St. Brid- 
get's he went to the then hardly formed congregation in 
Forty-second Street, ■\\'here, AA'ithout haranguing, he began 
silently and noiselessly to work to show them tlieir way 
through their difficulties until the people began to under- 
stand themselves and to be a congregation — a numerous 
congregation." Soon after, the Rev. Patrick McCarthy 
became pastor of the Holy Cross. During his pastorship 
the Church of the Holy Cross met with an accident 
hitherto unexampled in the history of the Catholic sanc- 
tuaries of the city. It was struck by lightning in 1867, 
and so injured as to require a thorough examination. 
The result was b}' no means satisfactory. It was very 
apparent that the ^\■ork had not in the first instance 


been projjerly done. Competent iircliitects and builders 
prononnoed the walls unsafe down to tbeir base. 

The congregation found themselves deprived, as it 
were, of all their sacrifices and generous contriluitions. 
There was no alternative but to take down the church 
and rebuild it from the very foiuidation. 

The Rev. Mr. McCarthy at once began the neces- 
sary M^ork. The old edifice was taken down, and the 
})resent Church of the Holy C'ross was completed in the 
year 1870. It is a spacious, cruciform building, in the 
transition style of Byzantine. The depth is one hundred 
feet, and the width seventy-two feet, expanding to ninety- 
two feet in the transepts. Over the intersection of the nave 
and transept rises a cixpola, lighting the sanctuary and 
nave. This is a dome on a square basis, gradually riin- 
ning into the octagon form, and finishing with a lantern 
semicircular in the ceiling and one hundred and twelve 
feet high from the church floor. The whole height from 
the street cm-]> to the to]) of the cross surmounting the 
dome is one hundred and forty-eight feet. The front, 
which is massive and imposing, is of pressed Philadelphia 
brick trimmed with l^elleville stone intermixed Avitli pol- 
ished bluestone. In construction it is one of the most 
solid and substantial churches in the city. The altar is 
handsome and im^iosing, composed of two arched towers, 
with a crenelated curtain between. In front of this 
stands the elegant tal)ernacle. Above it hangs a paint- 


ing- of the Crucifixion, wliicli wms the iilt;ir-piece of old 
Ho] A' Cross. 

Tlie windows are filled in with rich stained fflass, 
with appropriate designs, emblems, and monograms. 

The church was erected after the designs of Ileni-y 
Engelbert, architect, and will seat, including the galleries, 
fifteen hundred, with standing room for six hundred more. 

This fine church was dedicated on the 7tli day of 
May, 1870, the feast of the patronage of St. Joseph. 
The ceremony was performed by the Very Rev. William 
Starrs, Vicar General of the diocese, assisted by a host 
of clergymen, including Rev. Father Daubresse, Rev. Dr. 
McCJlyiin of St. Stephen's, Rev. M. Curran of St. An- 
dre\\''s. Rev. Mr. Gleason of Brooklyn, Rev. Mr. Conron 
of Staten Island, Rev. Mr. Bodfish, Rev. R. Brennan, 
and Rev. Dr. Burtsell. After the dedication a Solemn 
High Mass was offered, the reverend pastor being the 
celebrant. Rev. Messrs. Flanelly and Brophy deacon and 
subdeacon, and Rev. George IMurphy master of cere- 
monies. The music, under the direction of the organist, 
Mr. Gomien, was a fine rendition of Haydn's First Mass. 
The Very Rev. Mr. Starrs jireached — congratulated the 
congregation at the completion of a work which had en- 
gaged their anxious attention for the last two years. The 
church was, he said, rebuilt in a manner creditable to the 
generosity and charity of the peojile and the zeal and 
devotion of the pastor. 


After tlie communion the Rev. ]\Ir. McCarthy addressed 
his flock. " They had liad many trials and many diffi- 
culties to encounter," as he told them, " but with the 
blessing of God they had surmounted them, and the 
brilliant result was there visible to all. Again they were 
enabled to take their place among the churches of New 

The Rev. Patrick IMcCarthy remained in charge of 
the parish till his death, August 7th, 1S77. He was 
ever zealous in the discharge of liis duties, and Avas re- 
markable for his great charity and love of the poor. 
During his long pastorate he was assisted liy several 
clergyiuen — the Rev. Patrick Egan for about six years, 
the Rev. J. Nilan for three, the Rev. W. Flanell}' for 
five, the Rev. Martin J. Brophy for fom-, and by others 
for shorter terms. 

As parish priest of the Holy Cross, his Eminence 
next selected the Rev. Charles McCready, who still directs 
the congregation, assisted by the Rev. Maurice Dougherty, 
the Rev. Joseph Campbell, and the Rev. Joseph Smyth. 
The present pastor has freed his chiu'ch from nnich 
of its heavy biuxlen of debt, and besides done much to 
make the "Holy Cross" more fitting to elevate the heart 
to heaven. The high altar has been in part reconsti-ucted 
and renewed in fine taste. The altar of the Sacred 
Heart has also been beautified, and sunnounted by an 
elegant jjainting of Our Lord imder that consoling title. 



The jjarish of llie Holy Cross is well endowed with 
educational institutions. The Sisters of Charity have, 
within its boundaries, Holy Cross Academy, founded in 
1859, with a hundred and fifty yoiuig ladies as pupds ; 
St. Vincent's Industrial School, Avith a hunth-ed and sixt}' 
pupils ; and a girls' parochial school, with six lumdred 

The annual marriages in this church are about sixty- 
four; the baptisms over six hundred. Although the parish 
of the Sacred Heart was formed principally from Holy 

Cross about two y 

ears ago, there is 

very little diminution 

perceptible in the 

number of attendants or the income 1 

of the chm-ch. 


Archer, Charles, Mrs. 



Devine, Margaret, Mrs. 

Clarkin, Christopher P. 

Baily, Joanna M. 

Cleary, John. 

Dewhurst, James. 

Ball, Jane. 

Clifford, Timothy. 

Dewhurst, John. 

Hardy, Matthew. 

Coffey, Martin. 

Disel, John N. 

Beglin, Michael. 

Coffey, William. 

Dobson, Francis. 

Berrigan, William. 

Cooney, James. 

Doherty, Daniel. 

Bowes, John J., Mrs. 

Corey, William. 

Dolan, Hugh. 

Bowman, George. 

Corkery, Daniel H. 

Dolan, James. 

Brady, Thomas. 

Costello, Patrick. 

Donnelly, Dennis. 

Brogan, Tatrick. 

Cowan, Patrick. 

Donohue, Michael, Jr. 

Burke, James. 

Coyle, Catharine. 

Doran, Alice, Mrs. 

Burke, I'atrick, Mrs. 

Coyle, Dominic!;. 

Downey, John. 

Burns, James. 

Coyle, Francis II. 

Doyle, C. M. 

Byrne, William P. 

Craden, Patrick. 

Doyle, John, Mrs. 

Cain, Michael. 

Crane, Owen. 

Doyle, Thomas. 

Calhoun, Henry. 

Crosby, Mary, Mrs. 

Duane, Margaret. 

Callan, Bernard. 

Cross, Michael. 

Duane, William. 

Carey, Cornelius. 

Curren, Patrick. 

Duggan, John, Jr., Mrs. 

Carley, Patrick. 

Cushing, Thomas, Mrs. 

Dunn, Thomas. 

Carroll, John. 

Cusick, Maggie. 

Dux, J.acob. 

Carroll, "Margaret, Miss. 

Davis, Benjamin. 

Early, William. 

Carroll, Michael. 

Delahant, Patrick. 

Edmonds, ,'\. K., Mrs. 

Carroll, William. 

Delmore, James. 

Edwards, L. 

Caruther, Patrick. 

Denue, Maria, Mrs. 

F.all.ahee, James. 

Casey, Bernard, 

Devine, J. C. 

Farmer, \Villian\. 



Ferrell, Bryan. 

Lonergan, Thomas. 

O'Brien, James. 

FitzgeraUl, Joliaiina. 

Looran, Michael. 

O'Brien, |ohn. 

Fitzpatrick, James. 

Lulves, Otto. 

O'Brien, "Patrick. 

Flanigan, George. 

Lunny, Peter. 

O'lJrien, Thomas. 

Flynn, James. 

Lynch, Hugh. 

O'Brien, Thomas [. 

Flynn, Joseph. 

Mc.\dams, 'Hiomas. 

O'Calahan, Timotli}'. 

Freeman, Hugh. 

McBain, Thomas. 

O'Connor, Patrick. 

Gallagher, John. 

McCabe, James. 

O'Donnell, Nicholas. 

Gallagher, Rodger. 

McCann, Hugh Gregory. 

O'Donovan, Jeremiah. 

Garvey, J., Mrs. 

McCartney, Thomas. 

O'Flaherty, Edward. 

Garvey, Margaret. 

McCormick, Patrick. 

O'.N'eil, Francis. 

Gibbins, Austin. 

McCormick, William. 

O'Neil, George. 

Gleason, Michael, Mrs. 

McCue, fames, Mrs. 

O'Xeil, Owen. 

Gonnoud, James. 

McCullough, Henry. 

O'Neil, Peter G. 

Goodman, John. 

McCuUough, John. 

Payten, James. 

Gordon, George. 

McCullough, Peter. 

Phelan, Michael. 

Gordon, Robert. 

McDermott, James. 

Plumb, Emilie, Mrs. 

Grant, Tlromas. 

McDonald, Patrick. 

Powers, Lizzie. 

Gray, Ann. 

McDonnell, Daniel. 

Purcell, William J. 

Gray, John. 

McDonnell, Peter. 

Quinlan, John B. 

Greenam, Edward. 

McGary, Bridget, Mr-.. 

Quinn, Henry. 

Griffiths, N. J. 

McGee, Michael. 

Quinn. Peter. 

Guinevan, William. 

McGinley, Roger. 

Rafter, iLargaret. 

H.ackett, Thomas. 

McGinty, Catharine. 

Reid, M. 

Haden, Joseph. 

McGirr, John. 

Reilly, Jeremiah. 

Hagen, Matthew. 

McGowan, Peter. 

Reilly, Luke. 

Halligan, James. 

McGrane, .\nna, Mrs. 

Reilly, Margaret., Thomas. 

McGuiness, John. 

Reilly, Terence F. 

Hamblin, Jane, Mrs. 

McGuire, Eliza. 

Reynolds, James. 

Hand, Bernard. 

McHugh, Michael. 

Reynolds, John. 

Hanson, Susan. 

Mclntyre, Charles. 

Roach, Ellen. 

Hart, John. 

Mclntyre, P. B. 

Rock, Lawrence. 

Hart, I'eter. 

McKeever, John. 

Rooney, Hugh. 

Haviland, Ann, Mrs. 

McKenna, John. 

Ruddy, Francis, 

Haydon, Mary, Mrs. 

McKenna, "Michael. 

Rulves, Otto. 

Hennessy, William. 

McKevitt, Henry, Mrs. 

Ryan, Philip. 

Henry, John. 

McLauglilin, P. 

.Secor, S. .^L 

Hepburn, W'illiam. 

McLoughlin, Dennis. 

Seward, Mich.ael. 

Holbrook, John. 

McLoughlin, Peter. 

Sheedy, William. 

Hughes, Hugh. 

McLoughlin, P. J. 

Sheridan, James. 

Hughes, John. 

McMahon, Patrick. 

Sheridan, .Mary. 

Hurst, George. 

McManus, [ohn. 

Sherry, Edward M. 

Joyce, William. 

McNabb, Elizabeth, Miss. 

Shevlin, Hugh. 

Kane, TatricU. 

McPartland, Hugh. 

Sievin, Catharine. 

Keating, William J. 

McPartland, .S. 

Smith, Samuel. 

Keenan, Thomas. 

Maker, James. 

Spellissy, Denis A. 

Kehran, James. 

Mahon, Bridget. 

.Stack, John. 

Kiernan, Maggie, Miss. 

Mahony, Patrick. 

Tallon, Eliza. 

Kellehar, Thomas. 

Male, John. 

Thorp, Patrick. 

Kelly, Daniel. 

Maloney, Dennis. 

Tracey, Patrick. 

Kelly, Henry. 

Mardon, Fannie M., Mrs. 

Treanor, James J. 

Kelly, Lawrence. 

Miller, John, Mrs. 

Treanor, Matthew. 

Kelly, P. 

MoUoy, John. 

TuUey, Michael. 

Kemble, James. 

Morrissey, Edward, Mrs. 

Victory, Thomas. 

Kennedy, James. 

Morrissy, Jeremiah. 

Ward, Owen. 

Keys, Mary. 

Mulholland, James. 

Ward, William. 

Kinley, James. 

MuUins, John. 

Warren, Joseph, 

Kitson, "Maria. 

Murphy. John. 

Warring, C. IS. 

Laracy, .M ichael. 

Murphy, Patrick, Mrs. 

Washburn, Jethro. 

Leahey, Daniel. 

Murray, Hugh, Mrs. 

Welsh, Delia. 

Leahy, Patrick. 

Murray, William. 

W'helan, Michael. 

Leonard, Terence. 

Nugent, John. 

Whelan, Paul. 

Logan, J. J. 

Nugent, Patrick. 

White, John. 

Logan, Matthew. 

Nunnery, P. 




THE i«istor of the Church of tliu Holy Cross was 
bom at Letterkenny, in the County of Done- 
gal, li'eland, in 1837, and after a course of classical 
study, in which his piety and ability were alike manifest, 
was selected by his Bishop, the late Dr. McGettigan of 
Raphoe, as a student from his diocese at Maynooth. 

In that venerable institution he justified the hopes en- 
tertained, but his thoughts were already turned to a field 
far from his native diocese. He came to America before he 
concluded his theological course, and entering Mount St. 
Mary's, Emmettsburg, finished his divinity studies wdiile act- 
ing as one of the professors of that institution. Upon his 
ordination, in 1866, he was appointed assistant pastor at 
the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Fiftieth Street, 
New York, and for three years zealously discharged his 
duties in the large parish then attached to that church. 

In 1869 he was transferred to St. Andi-ew's Church, 
where he remained two years, when he was transferred 
to St. Stephen's. Here, during six years, a heavy share 
of parochial Avork fell to his lot, besides which he at- 
tended the numerous Catholic patients in Bellevue Hospital. 

His merits were recognized, and in 1877 his Emi- 


nence Cardinal McCloskey appointed him parish priest of 
.the Holy Cross. He found his chm-ch struggling under 
a load of debt, which, notwithstanding the difficulties of 
the times, he resolved to reduce at once, and his efforts 
proved that he had not miscalculated his own zeal and 
energy, or the generosity of his flock. 

As the chiu'ches of the diocese have all been con- 
secrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, he made it his 
great object to excite this devotion to our Lord in the 
hearts of his parishioners. The result was singularly 
consoling. The daily masses, at hours when the faithful 
workingmen can attend them, are frequented to a degree 
that is seldom seen; the confessionals, regulated so as to 
enable all to approach, are tlxronged; and the fruits of 
the mission given by the Dominican Fathers seem of 
a most durable and permanent character. 

Deeply attached to his church, he has labored not 
only to make each of his flock a living temple of the 
Holy Ghost, l)y a truly Christian life, and a frequent 
participation in the graces of which the sacraments are the 
channels, but also to make the material chiu'ch, in its 
outward beauty and neatness, all that can elevate the 
heart and attest the honor he desires to render to God. 

Laboring earnestly for the welfare of his flock, and 
for the progress of the young in the parochial and Sun- 
day-schools, the Rev. Mr. McCready has won the confi- 
dence and esteem of his people. 


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IN 1866, liis Grace tlie Most Reverend Archbisliop 
McCloskey felt, from the representations made to 
him, that a new church was needed about West Tliirty- 
seventh Street. He confided a district to a clergyman 
who had abeady acquired experience in the care of souls, 
and those arduous duties that so often devolve on a priest, 
Avhere he has to become a man of business, an archi- 
tect, and a financier as well as a clergyman. 

The new pastor found, at the corner of Thirty- 
seventh Street and Broadway, a small frame Ijuilding, 
an Episcopal Church, known as the Chm-cli of the Hoi}' 
Innocents, the Rev. Mr. Elmendorf being the pastor. 
The society was not pros2)erous, and the property Avas 
for sale. After some negotiation, in which, as often hap- 
pens, the price rose when the object was discovered, 
the Rev. Mr. Larkin purchased the property, and soon 
after, other adjacent lots, so as to afford a site, not for 
the future church only, but also for a parochial resi- 
dence and the parish schools. The real estate thus ac- 
quired for Catholic use cost altogether, a hundred and 
thirt>' thousand dollars. 


^Miem we liii\ (_' ;ic([iiirn(I cliurclies wliicli ;i Protest- 
ant denoiniiiatiou liad dedicated to our Blessed Lord, or 
any of the lioly mysteries of liis Life and Passion, or 
to any of tlie saints, it has been the custom to retain 
the name. In tliis case tlie same course was followed. 
The buildiiiii' had l)een dedicated to the Hcdy Innocents — 
those babes A\ho confessed our Lord, not b}' their lips, 
but by their l)lood — who died by the Idow intended m 
Herod's jealousy and fear for our Blessed Lord himself, 
the Infant Jesus. 

These first of the martyrs of our Lord are honored 
by the Cluu-ch on the 28th of December, and their feast 
is one of those kept dm'ing an octave. She honors them 
too by invoking them in the Litany of the Saints before 
all other martyrs. 

These holy children, baptized in their own blood, be- 
came the patrons of the Catholic Church, which was 
opened in November, 1866. Having thus a temporary 
place for his flock, the Rev. Mr. Larkin l)egan to prepare 
for the great and arduous work before him. 

The confidence inspired b}' the spirit and devotion 
of the Catholic population led him justly to plan a 
clnu'ch, not for the moment merely, but one of such 
jjroportions as to meet the wants of the parish for many 
years to come, and of such beauty that the congregation 
should not feel any desire for a nobler temple. 

The corner-stone of the new church was laid on 


the 20tli clay of Jime, 1869, by his Grace Ai-clibishop 
McCloskey ; and after tlie venerable jirelate had blessed 
the 25ri™ary stone, and, kneeling before the cross reared 
amid the rising walls, recited the Litany of the Saints, 
and with holy psalms placed the stone in position, the 
Rev. Mr. Quinn, now Vicar General of the diocese, de- 
livered an address, which was listened to -with earnest 
attention by the vast multitude gathered on the auspi- 
cious occasion. 

The work on the church was then pushed on ^^gor- 
ously, and the pastor and his flock Avere equally delighted 
when the period apj^roached for its solemn dedication. 

The position of the church is such that it can be 
viewed so as to perceive its grand and striking j^ropor- 
tious, making it a monument that attracts the eyes of all. 
It is a Gothic structure, seventy feet wide by one hundi'ed 
and thirty in depth, Ijuilt of Belleville stone, ornamented 
with trimmings of lighter Ohio stone. In the fsi^ade 
is an elegant stained-glass window in honor of St. Cecilia, 
and in a niclie above, an exquisitely carved statue of 
our Lord, wrought by an excellent sculptor in Milan. 
There are tlu-ee spacious enti'ances, well lighted by orna- 
mental lamps, for services late in the day. The interior has 
three aisles, giving four ranges of pews. The galleries, 
which increase greatly the seating room, are supported by 
carved pillars, which arch gracefully to the roof There 
are on each side eight large and seven clerestory win- 


tlows, all of stained-glass, insuring light and Aeutilation. 
These were all gifts of parishioners. 

The altar is of white marble, the altar-piece being 
a Crucifixion in fresco by Bnimidi. At each side of 
the altar stands a statue — the Blessed Virgin and St. 
Joseph — alongside of which fine paintings can be seen, one 
of them, a fine old canvas, shoAving the Massacre of 
the PToly Innocents. There is also a side altar dedi- 
cated to the Sacred Heai-t of Jesus, above which is a 
painting of our Blessed Lord displaying his heart inflamed 
with love for mankind. The church will comfortably 
seat nearly fifteen hundi-ed people. 

This fine structvu-e was dedicated on the 13th of 
Febniary, 1870, by the Very Rev. William Starrs, then 
Vicar General of the diocese. Mr. StaiTs preached on 
the occasion, taking as his text the A\-ords of Genesis 
xxviii. IG, 17, so aj^propriate to the occasion: "And 
when Jacob awaked out of sleep, he said : Indeed the 
Lord is in this place, and I knew not. And trembling 
he said : How temble is this jjlace. This is no other 
but the House of God, and the gate of heaven." 

The large attendance of clergy, the music of Merca- 
dante rendered by a choir of forty-four voices, with the 
swelling tones of the organ and accompanying instru- 
ments, made the whole a scene to linger long in the 
hearts and memories of all present. 

At the vespers, in the evening, a brilliant and in- 


teresting was delivered by the Rev. Dr. Boyle 
of Washington, who, taking as his text St. Matthew 
xviii. 20, dwelt on the faith of the Church as forniully 
declared by the Fathers of the Vatican Council. 

Including the site, the cluu'ch and school cost three 
hundred and six thousand dollars, of which one hundred 
and twenty -five thousand dollars are still unpaid. The 
contribution of the amount alread}' paid, besides A^hat is 
necessary each year for the maintenance of di\'ine wor- 
ship and the schools, is most creditable to this new con- 
gregation. Among the first and most generous subscrib- 
ers were Eugene Kelly, James Wallace, Henry L. Hoguet, 
Thomas and John Murphy, M. Fitzsimons, E. Martin, and 
Thomas Maher. 

The average attendance is aboiit five thousand; five 
masses being said every Sunday, to enable ever}- member 
of the congregation to fulfill the obligation of hearing 

The parish school, which is directed by several Sis- 
ters of Charity and eight lay teachers, numbers nine hun- 
dred and fifty pupils. 

There are sevei'al societies connected with the church, 
one of the most important being the Building Associa- 
tion, whose zeal may be seen in the fact that in one year 
it raised ten thousand foiu- hundred dollars. Besides this 
are the Temperance Society, R. H. Bermingham, President, 
and the Ladies' Temperance Society, Neal Farrell, Presi- 


dent; ;i Library Association, with a collection of" several 
hnndred volumes ; an Altar Society ; while a Society 
of tlie Sacred Heart, a Sodality of the Blessed Virgin, 
and a Rosary Society, show how well every means is 
employed to keep religion alive in the hearts of the 

The Church cannot Init excite general devotion to 
the H0I3' Innocents. " Innocent victims," says the pious 
1 hitler, "became the spotless Lamb of God. And how 
gi-eat a happiness was such a death to these glorious 
martyrs ! They deserved to die for Christ, though they 
were not yet able to know or invoke his Name. They 
were the flowers and the first fruits of his martyrs, and 
triumphed over the world without having ever known 
it or experienced its dangers. They just received the 
benefit of life to make a sacrifice of it to God, and to 
purchase by it eternal life. Almost at the same time 
they began to live and to die ; they received fresh air 
of this mortal life, fortln^•ith to pass to immortality ; and 
it was their peculiar glory, not only to die for the sake 
of Christ, and for justice and virtue, but also in the 
place of Christ and in his . stead. How few, perhaps, of 
these childi'en, if the}' had lived, would have escaped 
the dangers of the world, which, by its maxims and 
example, l)ear everything down before it like an impetuous 
toiTent ! What snares ! what sins ! A\-hat miseries were 
they preserved from by this grace ! Witli what songs of 


praise and love do tliey not to all eteniit}- thank tlieir 

Saviour and tins His infinite mercy to them!" 

Roll of Honor. 


Bannon, Bridget, Mrs. Hoare, Thomas. 

Brady, John. Jordan, Mary Jane. 

Campion, James. Keenan, Joseph. 

Clarkin, Bartholomew. Kehoe, Josepli. 

Colwell, Patrick. King, Grace. 

DeVere, Auguste. Kirby, A., Mrs. 

Donohue, John. Larkin, Henry. 

Fallon, John A. McKeon, Peter. 

Feeley, William B., Mrs. McMahon, Mary Ann. 

Fitzsimons, Michael. Maher, Thomas. 

Fox, Thomas H. ' Mainey, George. 

Hendrick, Edward. Welsh, John F. 




DEERPARK, in the Parish of Qiiansboro', County 
of Galway, on the river Shannon in Irehind, is 
the hirtliplace of the Rev. John Larkin, tlie second 
priest of the name who has Labored in tlie ministry in 
the Cathohc chiu'ches of New York. HaA-ing passed 
through the grammar-school course, inchiding the classics 
and mathematics, in his native place, he entered May- 
nooth College in 1843, where he completed his divinity 
course. At the instance of the Rev. John Kelly of 
Jersey City he made America the field of his mission 
labors, and in 1848 presented his credentials to Archbishop 
Hughes, by whom he was kindly received. But, being 
induced to move into the interior of the country, he was 
ordained in Baltimore by Archbishop Eccleston, for the 
Diocese of Pittsburgh. Immediately after his ordination 
he was appointed by Bishop O'Connor to fill the posi- 
tion of president of the seminary, during the temporary 
absence of his l)rother (the present Bishop of Omaha) 
on account of ill health. Subsequently the Rev. ^Ir. 
Larkin was appointed to the missions of Freeport and 
Clearfield, in the adjoining counties of Armstrong and 


Butler. The church iu Freeport was uufinished and in 
debt; there was no church in Cleai-tield. In a short 
time, however, the cluu-ch in P'reeport was finished in a 
handsome style, and paid for. In Cleai-field, where for- 
merly the Holv Sacrifice was offered up in private houses 
and barns, the neat church of St. John was built and 
some twenty-five acres of land procured for the church. 
Resident jjastors being appointed for each of these places. 
Rev. Mr. Larkin was placed in charge of all the missions 
of the County of Fayette, which embraced a large sec- 
tion of the Alleghany Mountains. Diu-ing his stay here 
he paid off the debts of the church at Uniontown, which 
was much emliarrassed. 

In 1855, Bishop O'Regan of Chicago visited Pitts- 
burgh, and having heard of Rev. Mr. Larkin's (niergy and 
devotedness, begged him to come to his aid in C-hicago, 
where priests were very much needed. The necessary 
permission being obtained by the Bishop, he consented. 

On his annval in C'hicago he was taken as theologian 
to the Provincial Council of St. Louis. At this council 
an appeal was made to the bishops of the province for 
the cathedral of Chicago, whose debts of thirty or forty 
thousand dollars filled the bishop with consternation. 
This appeal being favorably received, Rev. Mr. Larkin 
was commissioned to collect, not only in St, Louis and 
through the province, but also in New Orleans, Boston, 
and other places. , 


Havino- labored for nine months in this difHcnlt 
field, he returned to Chicago iuid was appointed pas- 
tor of Galena, Avhere an unfinished church was on tlic 
eve of being sold for delit. The former Catholic cliurcli 
had been desti-oyed l)y fire, and having been miinsured, 
the Catholics were left without means or a ])ljice to wor- 
ship. By great exertion the new church was sa^-ed to 
the congregation. The prilicipal debt was paid, and the 
church so far finished that the congregation were able to 
use it. 

After having established schools, and having placed 
the congregation in a prosperous condition, the energetic 
priest left the West and came to New York City in 
1861, when he was again received by the Most Rev. 
Archbishop Hughes, by whom he was made assistant at St. 
Stephen's Chiirch. Shortly after, he was appointed b}' his 
Eminence the Cardinal to the new parish of the Holy 
Innocents, where he has built a Gothic church — one of 
the largest and most beautiful in the city. His schools 
rank among the first in the coimtry. He has also pro- 
cured a pastoral residence and other parochial buildings. 
The locality and the relations of these buildings to 
each other constitute this one of the best appointed ec- 
clesiastical properties in the Archdiocese. 



THE lioly ]iame of Jesus was to the disciples of 
our Lord all powerful. lu it they cast out 
devils, they cured diseases ; they made the bliud to see 
and the lame to walk. They g-loried to suffer for it. 
Our Lord had taught them that ■v'vhatever they should 
ask in His name should be granted to them. Hence St. 
Peter proclaimed to the Jews: "There is no other name 
under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved ;" 
and St. Paiil declared to the Gentile converts at Philippi 
that " God hath given him a name which is above all 
names: that in the name of Jesus every knee should 
bow of those tliat are in heaven, on earth, and under 
the earth." 

The Church has taught her chikh-en to revere this 
holy name, and to show their respect whenever it is 
uttered ; she has set apart a Sunda}', soon after the feast 
of the Circumcision, to honor it in an especial manner, 
and by the Litany of the Holy Name she asks bless- 
ing's through it. 

A chm-ch dedicated to the Holy Name of our Lord 
existed, as we have seen, for a brief period ; but a 


title so eniiiieiitly and peculiarly Catholic was not to l)e 

When, in 1867, the Most Revei'encl Archbishop con- 
fided to the Rev. Richard ]Ji"einian a new parish at 
Bloomingdale, extending from Seventy-fifth to One Hun- 
dred and Fifteenth Street, the pastor piously placed his 
undertaking and his future church uiuler the powerful 
protection of that name. 

The Bhxjuiingdale Catholic Church Association was 
organized — M. T. Brennan, Esq., President, Charles Dowd, 
Secretary, and George Finuegan, Treasurer — and twenty- 
(jue lots were secured on Ninety -seventh Street and 
Broadwa}-, extending one hundred and forty-six feet in 
depth to Tenth Avenue, giving space for church, schools, 
and a presbytery. The site cost eleven thousand five 
hundred dollars. But while the new church rose from the 
ground, a frame building on Broadway, thirty-five feet 
in front b}' eighty in dej^th, was imj^roved and en- 
larged to become the temporary church of the Holy 
Name. It was dedicated August 9, 1868; and here the 
Holy Sacrifice was offered, imploring the protection of 
heaven on the good work in that name to which such 
promises of fulfillment were attached. The corner-stone 
of the church was laid with the usual ceremonies, and 
every exertion made to complete the church as rapidly 
as it could be done, with due regard to solidity and 


Tlie suleiim deiliratiuii tuuk place on the 2()tli uf 
December, 18GS. From far and near, in spite of the 
Avintry weather, the Cathohcs flocked to the new cluirch, 
\\liicli was densely filled. The Most Reverend Arch- 
bishop McCloskey came to bless the church with holy 
rite, assisted by the Rev. "Sh: McNeiniy, now Bishop of 
Alban}', Rev. Messrs. Quinn, Hecker, McDowell, Kesseler, 
Glackmejer, Boyce, and Brennan. 

The i)rocession in imposing array moved down the 
aisle and around the walls of the cluu'ch, which were 
sprinkled and blessed to ask God to relieve them from 
the curse of man's fall, and make them contribute, not to 
the ruin but to the salvation of souls. The last notes 
of the holy rite died away, the incense floated through 
the air, as the procession retired. A Solemn High Mass 
followed, in which the Rev. Mr. McNeirny was cele- 
brant, Rev. Mr. McDowell of St. Michael's, deacon, and 
Hey. Mr. Kesseler of St. Joseph's, subdeacon ; Rev. Mr. 
Brady, as master of ceremonies, giving to all symmetr}- and 
order. The Most Reverend Archbishop preached, taking 
as his text the words of the Psalmist : "I rejoiced at 
the things that were said me : We shall go into the 
house of the Lord." (Psalm xxi. 1.) He dwelt on the 
love of the Church for all that adds dignity to the wor- 
ship of God, congratulated the congregation on their 
courage in luidertaking so noble a structm-e, and urged 
them to persevere till they saw their task completed. 


After the mass a Te Deum was finely given, the 
music being of a high order, St. Joseph's choir rendering 
valuable assistance. 

The church Avas attended by its reverend founder 
for several years, gradually increasing in its numbers and 
advancing in the practice of Christian duties under his 
care. A mission given by the Paulist Fathers, in IMay, 
1873, brought even the most lukewann to a sense of 
their Clu-istian duties. The sermons and exhortations of 
Rev. Messrs. Deshon, Dwyer, Elliot, and Rosecrans pro- 
duced as immediate fruit a thousand communi(ins and a 
new spirit of foitli. 

In 1875, the Rev. Mr. Brennau A\as transferred by 
his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey to the Church of St. 
Rose of Lima, and the Rev. James Galligan, the jjres- 
ent pastor, was installed at the Church of the Holy 
Name, -^vhich has prospered in every way imder his care. 

The pastors of the Holy Name omitted nothing to 
interest the congregation in the church, by establishing 
societies into which all might ha induced to enter. The 
Rosary and Altar societies, the Children of Mary, the 
Sodalities of the Holy Angels, the Holy Childhood, and 
St. Aloysius, stimvilate the piety of all ages and classes. 
The Young ]\Ieu's Literary Society affords those attaining 
manhood the means of intellectual culture; the Conference 
(jf the Society of St. Vincent de Paul blends them to- 
gether in the great Avork of charity. 





^ f ^ilE pressent pastor of the Church of the Holy 
I Name Avas born in the County Cavan, Irehmd, 

and was educated at St. Patrick's College, in his native 
diocese, one of the greatest of -the literary institutions 
in Ireland. After he had pursued the course of studies 
there for four years he resolved to make the United 
States the field of his missionary labors, and havino- 
come to this country he entered the Seminary of Our 
Lady of the Angels, near the Suspension Bridge over 
Niagara Falls. His course of studies was, however, sud- 
denly interrupted here by an luitoward accident. The 
institution was destroyed by fire on the 5th of December, 
1864. He at once entered the College of St. Francis 
Xavier, New York, where he was graduated with honor 
in 1865. 

Received as a student for the Diocese of New York, 
he was sent to the Provincial Seminary in Troy, and 
after his com-se of theological training was ordained in 
that city, in June, 1868. 

He was at once assigned to duty in St. Peter's 
Church, New Brighton, Staten Island. After this he was 



assistant in a chiu'ch of the same name at Poughkeepsie. 
He was then stationed at the Church of the Holy In- 
nocents, New York, where he rendered essential service 
to the Rev. Mr. Larkiii, and is affectionately remembered 
by the congregation. 

He was appointed to the Chm-ch of the Holy Name 
on the 20th of July, 1875, and has guided with singvdar 
judgment a young and struggling church in these times 
of financial depression, when distress on every side ap- 
peals for the consolation of the minister of God, and 
when of course the means of doing good are less boun- 
tifully supplied. 

He gives special attention to catechetical instructions, 
and his Sunday-school mmibers nearly tlu'ee hundred 
pupils, who are provided with a good library; besides 
which there is also the Young People's Circulating Library 
for those more developed. 






THIS imposing clmrcli, dedicated to our Lord as 
the Redeemer of Mankind, is tlie principal cliurcli 
in tlie diocese of the rehgious order founded by St. Al- 
phonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor. It would not be 
easy to chronicle all that they have accomplished for the 
ffood of souls since their introduction into the United 
States. Their influence has been felt in every part of 
the country, by the bishops, priests, and devout writers 
whom they have given us. 

Tlu'ee Fathers from Vienna came to this country in 
1832, at the request of the Rt. Rev. Edward Fen wick. 
Bishop of Cincinnati. The Indian missions, on which they 
first entered, were not the field to which Providence des- 
tined them ; but Avhen in 1839 they established a con- 
vent in Pittsburgh, and in 1840 took charge of a German 
congregation in Baltimore, their work seemed to b^ en- 
dued with the most extraordinary vitality. 

In 1842, the Diocese of New York first received Re- 
demptorist Fathers. Here too the fast-increasing German 
Catholic popidation became their special field. The Most 


lu!^•l'l•elld Art'lil)i.sliop applied to the Rev. Father Alexan- 
der Cvitclikowitz, Superior of the Redemptorists at Balti- 
more, for Fathers, intending to place the Church of St. 
Nicholas under their care, but when the Rev. Gabriel 
Runipler came, the trustees declined to yield tlie churcli 
to tlie order. 

The ^lost Reverend Arcldjisliop was not iiu'lined, 
however, to deprive his diocese of such a zealous com- 
mimitv. With hi.s encouragement and sanction, Father 
Rumpler purchased lots in Third Street. On these, in 
1843, he erected a residence and school, and also a tem- 
porary church. It was a long, plain frame Imilding, look- 
ing more like a ropewalk than a church, as you came 
in view of it ; but once you entered, you found yom-- 
self in a church, where all Avas piety, regularity, decorum, 
and devotion. 

This unpretending structure, one hundred and ten 
feet long and fifty-three feet Avide, with two galleries, each 
fifteen feet wide, was completed in seven weeks, when 
once it was decided to erect a temporary structure for 
immediate use, while the more substantial edifice could be 
completed as means came in. It was solemnly dedicated 
to the service of the Almighty God on ]\Ionday, April 
8th, 1844, by Rt. Rev. John McCloskey, D.D., Coadjutor 
Bishop of Ne-w York, under the invocation of our I\[ost 
Holy Redeemer. The Avails and galleries Avere fairly hid- 
den ill the CA-ergreens and floAvers Avhich adorned them. 


A Pontifical High Mass followed the dedication ser- 
vice, and a sermon was preached in the langnage of the 
flock by the Rev. Father Rumpler. The German Cath- 
olics of the district soon thronged the plain little frame 
church, and the zeal of the religious soon excited, in 
the most careless, higher and better feelings. It was 
evident that a great and salutary step had been taken 
for the spiritual welfare of the Gennan Catholics in New 
York City. 

Rev. Father Rumpler continued to mould his parish 
into shape and organize it thoroughly, for several years. 
In 1849" he was recalled to Baltimore, and the Rev. 
Father Joseph Mueller was appointed to guide it. God 
had so prospered their humble beginnings that the Re- 
demptorists felt courage to commence the erection of a 
church worthy of our exalted worship, for which no 
building conceived by the genius of man or framed by 
his skill in the materials God places in our control can 
be too grand or noble. 

Plans were accordingly prepared by a skillful arcliitect 
for a fine church, and the comer-stone was laid, with 
exact observance of the prescribed rites, bj- the Most Rev. 
Archbishop Hughes, on the 21st of April, 1851. 

The church, as planned by Mr. Walsh the architect, 
rose rapidly, impressing all with its beauty and propor- 
tions. To the Protestant mind it was a wonder. It 
seemed some vast cathedral, not a mere jiarish cluu'ch 


for Catholics of a single nationality. When completed, it 
stood there indeed a remarkable pile. It is a beautifnl 
specimen of the Greco-Roman or Byzantine style, eighty 
feet wide, seventy feet high, and one hnndred and sixty- 
seven feet in length. Four massive pillars divide the 
front, and correspond to the chapels within. In the pil- 
lars are niches for statues of heroic size. The interior 
or middle pillars rise thu'ty-four feet above the side pil- 
lars, and above these shoots *a spire a hundred and 
forty-six feet higher, its cross two himdred and fifty feet 
from the ground. There are three doors in the front, 
surmounted by richly ornamented gables decorated with 
chamfers and niches. The middle door has eighteen feet 
span, and is twenty-four feet high. Above this is a 
middle window thirty-seven feet high — pouring tlu-ough its 
stained glass a mello^v light on the galleries — and side 
windows in happy proportion, supported by beautifully 
tmiied columns. 

Three domes rise over the altars to a height of 
sixty-one feet ; the central one crowned by a belfry 
capped by a cross. There are tlu-ee naves, with massive 
pillars ranged on either side, supporting its many arches 
and the groined and richly-corniced roof of azm-e set 
with stars. 

In the basement there is a fine chapel, nearly square 
in form. 

Such was the church that the Redemptorist Fathers 


prepared for solemn dedication on tlie 28th of November, 
1852. At an earl}' lionr vast crowds gathered, but the 
space in front of the clnux-h ^vas kept clear by the 
German Independent Rifles, and by the various benevo- 
lent societies, not only of New York, Ijut of Brooklyn, 
Albany, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, each with banners 
and badges. 

The dedication ceremony was performed by the Most 
Reverend Archbishop Hughes, attended by the Rt. Rev. 
John M. Neumann, D.D., C.SS.R., Bishop of Philadeli)hia; 
Rt. Rev. John McCloskey, D.D., Bishop of Albany; Rt. 
Rev. Richard V. Whelan, D.D., Bishop of Wlieeling; 
the Rt. Rev. Dr. jMosquera, Bishop of Bogota ; with a 
multitude of priests and acolytes. The altars were then 
adorned and a Solemn High Mass celebrated. 

After the gospel, the Rt. Re^'. Dr. McCloskey of 
Albany ascended the pulj^it and preached an eloquent 
sermon, taking his text from the Apocalypse, 21st chapter, 
2d and 3d verses: "And I saAv the Holy City, the New 
Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven pre- 
pared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard 
a great voice from the throne saying : Behold a taber- 
nacle of God ^^•ith men, and he "s^ill ihxeW Avith them. 
And they shall l)e his people: and CJod himself with them 
shall be their God." 

"It is natural, l)eloved brethren, that the sentiments 
which are uppermost within the breast shoidd be the first 


to seek for utterance; ;ui(I therefore is it that the words 
A\liich 1 am prompted to address to you upon this truly 
joyful occasion are words of sincere and eaiiiest cong-ratu- 
lation. I congratulate you upon the arrival of this long 
wished- for day. I congratulate the illustrious Archbishop, 
who honors you ^\•ith liis presence, and who has the con- 
sol:;tion to hcliold, this day, another beautiful and glo- 
rious temj)le raised to the lionor of the living Clod and 
adorning his ^Metropolitan See. I congratulate in a special 
manner the zealous and pious Fathers AA-hose hearts 
more than any others must at this moment overflow 
Avith feelings of thanksgiving and joy in this happy ac- 
complishment of their labors, their sacrifices, and their 
toils. I congratitlate you, faithful and generous German 
people, and I congratulate all Avho ai-e brought Avithin 
these noAV halloAved Avails and in the presence of this 
ncAvly consecrated altar, to join in one common chorus 
of jubilation their imited tribute of praise and j)rayer 
and thanks. A good Avork has been successfully accom- 
plished. A labor of loA'e has been happily achieved. 
Here on this spot, by the side of that rude and simple 
temple in AA-hich but yesterday you Avorshiped together, 
there rises in beauteous and striking contrast Avith it — 
an evidence not only of your increasing numbers, but 
also of your increasing generosity and zeal — a grand 
and glorious temple, fair in its proportions, majestic in its 
parts, honorable to the mind that conceiA'ed and designed 


it, creditable to tlie hands by whose industry it was raised, 
and more especially to those by whose toils and sacrifices 
it has been brought to this crowning work here standing, 
and to stand a monument of Catholic generosity and 
Catholic zeal existing in the hearts of the people. This 
is the temple of God, to be bequeathed as a precious 
legacy to your children, and yoiu" children's childi'en, Avho, 
in ages to come, shall gather around this same altar and 
offer up their fervent praise and prayers and bless the 
names and memories of their fathers. In all this, then, my 
beloved bretlu-en, there is just cause for my congratula- 
tions, and abundant cause likewise for your joy. Yet 
this, after all, fomis but a small portion of the i-enl and 
more exalted reason for the festivity of this great day. 
You rejoice, and we all rejoice, because that upon this 
day this temple has been solenmly and religiously con- 
secrated to the worship of the one true and ever-living 
God. It was for Him that you have reared it. It is 
to Him that j^ou have this day offered it ; and it is 
therefore to the God of Heaven, who has this day ac- 
cepted your offering, and He will come full soon to 
give the evidence thereof He Avill come Himself to 
take possession of His sanctuary. He Avill come Himself 
to make it here His tabernacle — a tabernacle of God with 
men, where He shall be their God, and they shall be 
His people. The tokens of His presence will be given, 
not indeed as they Avere of old, in the fire that de- 


scended from lieaven to consume the sacrifice, nor in the 
coming- down in a cloiul, filling- the temple awfully and 
terribly with His majesty, so that the priest could no 
longer adnunister therein, oppressed with the excess of 
g-lory ; but He will come with His divinity sliadowed and 
His glory veiled. He will come, even with a real and 
more abiding- presence. He will come in the humble 
garb of His humanity. He will come as a father and 
a friend to invite us to appro;ich Ilim, to allow us to 
draw near, to listen to om* prayers, to hear our sighs, 
and to receive us to His own loving embrace. And, 
oh! my brethren, it is this great and mighty truth of 
Catholic faith that raises every Catholic heart on this 
proud day. It is this great truth of the real and abid- 
ing presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrifice and the sac- 
rament of our altars, that is the true heart, the true life- 
spring of C-atholic piety and Catholic faith. It is this 
that is the source and centre of all our aspiirations, of 
aU oiir desires, and of all our love. It is this that is 
the source of all that is g-rand, and all that is beautiful, 
and all that is majestic, and all that is holy in the 
Catholic Church — that spouse coming down from lieaven 
prepared as a bride for her husband; and when God has 
chosen His tabernacle. He will be with }-ou, Aour God, 
and you will be His people. 


As your pious fathers, in tlie lands of youi* birth. 


raised yovi those glorious and majestic })iles in honor of 
their faith, and in attestation of their piety and zeal, 
so here noAv, in this new land in which God lias placed- 
you — where He has blessed the fruit of j'our hands 
and the sweat of your brow — you will show that there 
is within you the same faith ; that the same generosi- 
ty burns in your bosoms, and that there is the same 
zeal in all your actions and in all your thoughts. Oh ! 
then let us rally roiuid that altar and around that sac- 
rament. Let us encircle it, not only with material bodies, 
but with souls full of faith, and full of piety and zeal. 
Let us love it. Let us come to it in our wants, in our 
misery, and even in our sin, tliat there we lufiy be 
strengthened, that there we may be pm-ified, that there 
we may be made whole, and that so at all times we 
may worship within its temple here, so that in another 
day we may be made worthy to Avorship in that other 
temple, where, brought into the light and brightness of 
God's OAA'u glorious presence, and prostrate before the 
altar of Go<l, we may join in chortis Avith cherubim and 
seraphim and archangels and angels : 

" Amen. Benediction and honor and glory and 
jjraise and wisdom and j'ower and diAinity be to Him 
who sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb forcA^er." 

The chiu'ch, in spite of its vast size, was soon fuUv 
attended, and school-houses adajited to the Avants oi a 
large congregation speedily greAA' up beside the House of 


God. Tliat tor the l)oys was umler tlic v:\vv df tlic I;i\- 
teachers, wliile the girls were phiced under the du-ection 
of the experienced School Sisters of Notre Dame. The 
present school-house was blessed in November, 1873. 

The convent attached to the church was not merely 
for the Fathers in charge of the congregation, but was 
the residence of several devoted especially to the great 
work of giving missions in the various churches through- 
out the country, to Avhich they were invited, in order, 
by their series of sermons, instructions, and private con- 
ferences, to arouse the faith of Catholics by a clear 
explanation of their doctrine and duties, and the respon- 
sibility resting on each. Protestants anxious to know the 
real faith and practice of Catholics often attended these 
instructions, and a mission seldom closed Avithout seeing 
the Fathers receive some soul, long tossed with doubt, 
into the peaceful haven of the Church. The Redemptor- 
ists began their first English missions in 1851, and have 
left the impress of their labors in all parts. The Mis- 
sion Book, to keep alive the fruit of the mission, was 
published, and has been circidated by hundreds of 

Their convents are also oi)en for i)rivate retreats by 
men who wish to devote a few days to self-examina- 
tion and prayer. 

The rectors of the Church of the Most Holy Re- 
deemer, after the Rev. Father Mueller, have been: — 


1854, Rev. Joseph Helmpraecht, C.SS.R 

1860, Aug., Rev. R. Kleineidam, C.SS.R., ad interim. 

1861, Feb., Rev. Laurence Holzer, C.SS.R. 

1862, May, Rev. Leopold Petscii, C.SS.R. 
1865, May, Rev. Maximilian Leimgruber, C.SS.R. 
1871, June, Rev. Joseph Wirth, C.SS.R. 

1877, July, Rev. Thaddeus Anwander, C.SS.R. 

Tlie parochial scliools at present contain six hundred 
and ten boys, under eight Brothers of IMary, and five 
hundi-ed girls under the School Sisters of Notre Dame. 

The same Sisters conduct an excellent academy for 
young ladies at No. 218 East Fom-th Street, where sixty 
pupils pursue the highest branches of education. 

Attached to the church are the Ai-chconfratemity of 
the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Conversion of Sinners; 
the Confraternity of the Holy Family; Rosary, Purgato- 
rian and Altar societies, with several sodalities. 

The Reverend Fathers at an early peinod found that 
there was an especial want for an orphan asylum for 
the children of German parentage. This led to the estab- 
lishment of the St. Joseph's Orphan Asylum, now at 
Eighty -ninth Street and Avenue A, imder the School 
Sisters of Notre Dame. St. Francis Hospital, Nos. 407-409 
Fifth Street, is noAv imder the care of the Sisters of 
the Poor of St. Francis ; and also receives the spiritual 
ministration of the Redemptorists. It contains about two 
hundred patients, attended by thirty Sisters. 





PIE Rev. Father Thaddens Anwander, of the Con- 
o-reffation of the Most llolv Redeemer, an order 
of missionary priests founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori, 
B.C.D., was born at Wendelheim, in Bavaria, in the 
Diocese of Angsbnrg, October 28th, 1823. He made his 
early studies under the Benedictines at tlieir college in 
Avigsbiu'g, but completed his philosophical and theolog- 
ical studies at Freiburg, in Switzerland. He came to the 
United States on the 8th of January, 1845, and was 
ordained priest by the Most Reverend Samiiel Eccleston, 
Ai'chbishop of Baltimore, December 6th, 1846. 

He was then employed on missions of his order in 
varioxis parts — for several years in Baltimore, chiefly at 
St. Michael's Church ; then in New Orleans, where he 
was for some years Superior ; then, after a time spent 
in Cumberland, again in Baltimore. 

On the 26th of October, 1868, he was made rector 
of St. James' Convent, connected with the chm'cli of that 
name, on Aisquith and Eager Streets, Baltimore. Subse- 
quent to this we find him at the Convent and House 


of Studies at Ilchester, Maryland, at the new mission at 
Cliatawa, Mississippi, where he was Superior; rector of 
the Convent of St. Joseph at Rochester in 1874, holding 
that position till his appointment, in July, 1877, as rector 
of the Convent of the Most Holy Redeemer in New 

It will be seen that he brings to his position as pas- 
tor of this important church, the experience of more than 
thirty years spent in the active duties of a missionary 
life, in all the various forms of priestly labor; and more- 
over, that administrative talent which has placed him dur- 
ing the last ten years almost constantly in important 
situations as superior of houses and missions. 

He is also a member of the Council of his Emi- 
nence as Archbishop of New York. 

The community at the convent, No. 173 Third 
Street, in 1878, comprises, beside the rector, the Rev. 
Robei't Kleineidam, C.SS.R.; the Rev. Rhabanus Preis, 
C.SS.R.; the Rev. Charles Kuenzer, C.SS.R.; the Rev. 
Charles Sclimidt, C.SS.R.; the Rev. ]\Iatthias Kuborn, 
C.SS.R.; the Rev. John T. Blanche, C.SS.R.; the Rev. 
James Rein, C.SS.R. 






IN view of the increasing number of Catholics on 
the east side of the city, the Most Reverend 
Archbishop Hughes, in 1853, secvired lots for a new 
chvirch, which were, however, subsequently exchanged for 
the site now occupied by the Church of the Immaculate 

The late Sovereign Pontiff, the great Pius IX., on 
the 8th of December, 1854, declared it to be of faith 
that the Blessed Virgin Mary was never subject to orig- 
inal sin — that she was conceived without sin, and was 
thus ever immaculate. Such had been the constant be- 
lief in the Chvirch, though not distinctly defined. The 
faithful tlu-ougliout the world showed their love and de- 
votion to Mary, hailing this act of the Vicar of Chi'ist 
as a new crown of glory to their beloved patroness. 
Archbishop Hughes resolved to erect on the site already 
acquired a chm-ch of the Immaculate Conception as a 
monmnent of the great act of Pius IX. 

On the 15tli of June, 1855, he appointed the Rev. 
Bernard Farrelly to commence the work. He was a 
young clergyman recently ordained, zealous and active. 


lie collected the Catholics of his district in a temporar}- 
clmrch on Fifteenth Street, on the 15th of August, and 
.began collecting money to erect the chiu-ch. Plis health, 
hoM^ever, failed, and early in the autumn he was com- 
pelled to resign the undertaking. 

On the 2oth of October, the Most Reverend Arch- 
bishop confided the undertaking to the Rev. John Ryan, 
an active and zealous priest who had already organized 
the first church at Yonkers, and erected the Church of 
St. Francis Xavier in New York Citv. 

He undertook the task of building up a chui-ch in 
the parochial district assigned to him, with all the zeal 
he had displayed in other fields. He soon enlarged the 
temporary chapel, in order to accommodate the fliithful 
and give all the opportunity of hearing mass. 

Meanwhile the corner-stone of the new church was 
laid with appropriate ceremonies by the Very Rev. 
William Starrs, on the 8th of December, 1855, the 
Archbishop being absent. It was a time of financial 
distress and panic. Thousands were unemployed, and 
it was difficult to undertake and carry on the most 
essential work. The Rev. Mr. Ryan went on collect- 
ing for two years, pushing on the work of his church 
meanwhile. The ladies, to honor the Blessed Virgin by 
a fair, in November, 1857, contributed not a little to aid 
him in his work. The fair was held in the new chm-ch, 
and was visited b}- the Most Reverend Ai'chbishop. 


He ascended the platform wliere the altar was soon to 
be erected, and addi-essed the large audience gathered 
there to hear him. He expressed his deUght at their 
number and at the beauty of the church. "It is a 
proof," he said, " of your faith and yom- zeal to pro- 
mote so noble a work. When the dogma of which the 
chui'ch is to be a memorial and a monument was pro- 
claimed as an article of faith, I was but four or five 
feet distant from the Hoi}' Father. Just at that moment 
I resolved on my return to New York to erect a church 
to commemorate the e^^ent. I kneAv that the Catholics 
of this city would enable me to carry out that resolu- 
tion, but I desire especially that the ladies of New York 
— the childi'en, the daughters of Mary — shall have the 
credit and honor of this church, raised as a monument 
of the Immaculate Conception. I feel happy that I liave 
not been deceived or disappointed. How consoling to 
those who have contributed to this church, as well as to 
those who conduct and patronize this fair, to reflect that 
when they and all of us have passed away, and are con- 
signed to our last resting-place, to make way for another 
generation, many a heart will coiue before the altar to be 
here erected, burdened with a load of misery, to send peti- 
tions from this shrine to the tin-one of gi'ace and mercy — 
that many such a heart will depart from here lightened 
of its burden, full of joy, of peace, and happiness." 

Thus encouraged, the fair met with great sviccess, 


so that the good jiastor was enabled to complete his 
cluirch. It was dedicated May 16th, 1858. The Most 
Reverend Archbishop, interested in a work which he had 
suggested and encouraged, came in person to bless the 
work, accompanied by the Rt. Rev. John Loughlin, D.D., 
Bishop of Brooklyn, and the Rt. Rev. John Bairy, D.D., 
Bishop of Savannah. Besides the pastor of the new 
church and his assistant, the Rev. Eugene Maguire, there 
were present clergymen from nearly all the city churches. 
The ceremony of dedication took place at eight 
o'clock, with the usual imposing eifect, and the edifice of 
stone and brick was no longer a common house, but a 
temple sacredly set apart for the service of the Living 
God under the invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 
conceived without sin. 

The awful sacrifice of the mass was soon offered 
with solemn pontifical rite at the newly hallowed altar, by 
the Right Reverend Bishop Loughlin of Brooklyn, with 
deacon and subdeacon. His Grace Archbishop Hughes 
then delivered a sermon, taking as his text the words 
of the Psalmist: "How lovely are thy tabernacles, O 
Lord of hosts. My soul longeth and fainteth for the 
coiu-ts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh have re- 
joiced in the living God. For the sparrow hath found 
herself a house: and the turtle a nest for herself, where 
she may lay her young ones. Thy altars, Lord of 
hosts: my king, and my God." (Psalm Ixiii. 2-4.) After 


dwellino- on the nature of tlie consecration and dedica- 
tion of chnrches, lie said: "This chnrcli has i-eceived 
not merely the ordinary blessing-. There is a most im- 
portant consideration to be addeil to the sacred ceremony. 
It is the tirst chui-ch on earth -\vliich has been set apart 
to the honor of the dogmatical doctrine of the immacu- 
late nature of the ^fother of Christ. The clnu-ch is 
doubtless dedicated, as all others are, to the Supreme 
Being, but it is placed under the sjiecial care of the 
Blessed Virarin as Mary Innnaculate. It is the first 
sacred consecration to the truth of the Innnaculate Con- 
ception — to the declaration that the IIol}- Virgin was 
never sullied by any taint of original sin." He then 
explained the doctrine, so generall}' misunderstood ; went 
over the ceremony of dedication, and showed how con- 
sonant it Avas with Scripture and the earl}' records of 
Christendom. " For so miworthy a minister of Christ 
as myself," he continued, " I think it sufficient happi- 
ness that I have lived to see this last great evidence 
of the mercy of God to man })ronoiinced as a doctrine 
by the Head of the Church on earth. I had the hap- 
piness to be present at the time that the Innnaculate 
Conception was so declared, and I could not help think- 
ing even then how well it would be for the Catholics 
of New York to consecrate a temple to God in honor 
of the event — an event for which every pious Christian 
can never cease to ])less God." 


The zealous founder of the church rem.iined its 
pastor till his death, March 22d, 1861. He had been 
assisted during his pastorship by the Rev. Messrs. Mc- 
Evoy, Lutz, Maguire, and Oliver O'Hara. The Rev. Dr. 
AVilliam Plowden j\Iorrogh Avas then appointed, and his 
pastorship extended till his death, in Italy, October 23d, 
1875. During his long incumbency he Avas assisted by 
the Rev. Messrs. C. A. Farrell, P. J. Maguire, John J. 
Hughes, George C. j\Iiu-phy, and Patrick ]\Ialone. 

Dr. Mon'Ogh was a priest of learning and ability, 
who went from St. Joseph's Seminary to the Propa- 
ganda, where he won his doctor's cap. On his return, he 
was President of St. Joseph's Theological Seminary and 
pastor of the Church of Our Lady of Mercy. 

He erected, early in 1864, a fine school-house adjoin- 
ing the church, and fm-nished it thoroughly. Finding 
the church too small, he began, about 1871, to extend 
it to Fifteenth Street. NotAvithstanding his failing health, 
he was able to complete this Avork, making it one of the 
finest chiu'ches in the city. The altar is of marble, sur- 
mounted by four stained chancel AvindoAvs; on Avliich are 
representations of the Saviour, the Blessed Virgin, St. 
Joseph, and St. Ann. Under these Avindows are statues 
of the Blessed Virgin and child, St. Catharine, St. Teresa, 
St. Peter, and St. Paul. Handsome altars, dedicated to 
St. Joseph and the Virgin, stand at either side of the 
grand altar, while figui-es of St. Patrick, St. Vincent de 


Paul, St. Andrew, and St. Bridget, decorate the stained 
windows at either side of the sanctuary. 

The assistants during the term of Dr. Morroffh were 
the Rev. Richard Brennan, Rev. Clu-istopher A. Farrell, 
Rev. William Hussey, Rev. F. St. John, Rev. J. Pro- 
fillat. Rev. P. McGruire, Rev. John Hughes, Rev. George 
C Murphy, Rev. P. Malone, and Re^'. John S. Colton. 

The church has, since 1875, had as parish priest 
the Rev. Jolin Edwards, who is assisted in his arduous 
duties by the Rev. Patrick Malone, the Rev. John Doyle, 
the Rev. Denis P. OTlynn, and the Rev. Edward 

The parish schools, organized soon after the erection 
of the church, have been fostered with zealous care. 
The boys, who number nine hundred and twenty-six, are 
under the direction of seventeen lay teachers, while the 
girls, who are guided by the Sisters, number eleven 
hundred and thirty-six. The Catholic population of the 
parish, by actual count in 1878, was 16,940. 

There are many flourishing societies connected with 
the church — the Ladies' Sodality of the Blessed Virgin, 
the Sodalities of the Holy Infancy, of the Holy Angels, 
of the Holy Name ; the Living Rosary, Sodality of the 
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Young Men's Immaculate Concep- 
tion Sodality, St. Aloysius Sodality, the Immaculate Con- 
ception Mutual Benefit Temperance Society, and Confer- 
ence of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 




THE energetic pastoi- of tlio populous parish of the 
Immaciihite Conception was bom in KiUaloe, 
in the County Ch^re, Ireland, and was baptized in the 
chiu'ch of his native place on the 12th of January, 1833. 

His early education w-as received in the local schools ; 
but when the family, in the spring- of 1849, emigrated to 
this country, he came to the land which figures so brightly 
in the di'eanis of many a youth. 

His father settled at Hartford, where the vounff man 
spent the next four }"ears ; then, eager to continue his 
studies, he came to New York. After three years, his wishes 
were realized, by his entering the College of St. Francis 
Xavier. Here he became an earnest student, and so at- 
tracted the attention of the Fathers by liis faculty for 
teacliing that he was induced to take charge of one of 
the classes of the college 

Here he remained until the fall of 1864, when, anx- 
ious to complete his theological coiu-se, he entered the 
Provincial Seminai-y at Troy, which had just been opened. 
He passed rapidly tlu-ough his com'se, was ordained sub- 
deacon in May, 1866, and appointed by tlie Bishop 
treasiu-er of the Seminary. He received the order of 


deacon on August 16tli, and was ordained ])riest by the 
present Cardinal Archbishop, on Angtist 17th, 1866. 

He continued to labor in the senunary for seven 
years. When he returned to New York, he was sent to 
help the good Dr. Morrogh at the Church of the Imma- 
culate Conception. 

The heavy cares of the pastorate, and his untiring 
exertions in the cause of Catholic education, so told upon 
the doctor's health that he was compelled to seek rest 
abroad. The Rev. Mr. Edwards was appointed to take his 
place and continue his work ; and on the death of the 
doctor, which occurred the following j^ear, at Albano, 
Italy, he became his successor. 

Devoted for so many years to the cause of education, 
he could not be indifferent to the wants of the children 
in the parish. The school-house erected by the zeal of 
Dr. Morrogh, and the generosity of his ])eople, immense as 
it seemed, proved inadequate when Rev. Mr. Edwards, by 
actual count, learned the number of adults and chikh-en in 
his district. He resolved that not a Catholic child of the 
parish of the Immaculate Conception should remain outside 
his schools for want of proper accommodations. He has re- 
cently obtained a tenement house in the rear of the paro- 
chial school, and by remo%nng the partitions and putting it 
in proper condition, is able to accommodate four hundi-ed 
more children ; and yet, at the beginning of 1878, the 
schools contained over two thousand children, under 
twenty-eight teachers. 







Alslieiiiier, Andrew. 
/Vrcher, John. 
Brady, Patrick. 
Brown, James. 
Burns, Timothy. 
Butler, Margaret, Mrs 
Casey, Hugh. 
Conaghy, Patrick. 
Connelly, Mary A 
Corrigan, William. 
Costigan, James. 
Cunningham, John. 
Cunningham, Patrick 
Dalton, Thomas. 
Daly, Thomas. 
Donlan, Michael J. 
Duffy, Nicholas. 
Egan, Michael. 
Pagan, John. 
Fagan, Thomas. 
Finnen, John. 
Gallagher, William. 
Gibney, James. 
Gillespie, Peter. 

Goggin, Joseph R. 
Golden, Michael. 
Goodman, Patrick. 
Gough, Michael. 
Grinnon, Lawrence. 
Hayes, Michael. 
Higgins, James F. 
Hirchy, Denis. 
Mrs. Hughes, John. 
Hurley, John. 
Keegan, Patrick. 
Kelly, Owen. 
Kelly, Patrick. 
Kelly, Thomas. 
Knape, Carl A. 
Lestrange, John. 
Loonan, Thomas. 
Lynch, John. 
McCabe, Charles F. 
McCann, John. 
McDermott, Philip. 
McGough, Terence. 
McGuire, Bartholomew. 
Mclnerny, William. 

McQuade, .Arthur J. 
Masterson, Patrick. 
Maxcy, D. 
Mohan, James. 
Monaghan, Thomas F. 
Moore, James. 
Moore, James, Mrs. 
Mulcahy, Edward. 
Mulready, Owen. 
O'Brien, Hugh. 
O'Connell, John. 
O'Hare, Henry. 
Purcell, Thomas. 
Raymond, George. 
Reilly, Thomas B. 
Relger, Thomas. 
Rowe, Thomas. 
Rush, Sebastian. 
Skelly, James Joseph. 
Smith, Honora, Mrs. 
Timoney, Francis. 
Tracey, John. 
Trainor, James. 
Wiegers, Eliza, Mrs. 




IN the year 1852, the Rev. Caspar Metzler, a Ger- 
man pi-iest, then recently added to the diocese, 
began, with the encouragement of the Most Reverend 
Ai-clibishop, to collect his Catholic countrymen who had 
settled in what was then knoAvn as Melrose, a new 
town in Westchester County. The parishioners were 
neither numerous nor largely endowed with this w^orld's 
goods ; but, rejoicing to have a priest to minister to 
them, they erected a little wooden church, and some 
years later built a brick house for the residence of their 

The chm-ch was dedicated May 29th, 1853, to the 
Immacvilate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mar}^, by 
the reverend pastor, assisted by other clergymen who 
came to encourage him in his good but modest work. 
In this humble slu-ine the Catholics continued to meet 
for several years, Rev. Mr. Metzler remaining their parish 
priest till the year 1864, when he was succeeded by the 
Rev. M. W. Kaider, who remained about two years. 
The Rev. Francis Karel, now chaplain of the Missionary 


Sisters of St. Francis at Peekskill, was parish priest till 
1872, when the Most Reverend Archbishop confided the 
mission to the Rev. Joseph Stnmpe. He found the 
church far too small for the congregation which had 
grown up there ; and, though tolerable as a temporary 
chapel, not such an edifice as his congregation should 
be able to show as an evidence of their attachment to 
the faith, and of their sense of the dignity of the divine 

Before he had been many years in the parish, the 
question was agitated of annexing to New York City 
the southern part of Westchester County. This project 
was finally carried out, and in the running of new 
streets and grades, the very existence of the old chm-ch 
was endangered. One Hundred and Fifty-first Street was 
cut down some twenty-five feet, making the position of 
the old church and the pastoral residence extremely 
dangerous, so that the former had to be torn down, 
while steps were taken to move the house. 

The reverend pastor did not proceed rashly, as his 
congregation was not a wealthy one, and the times were 
extremely difficult, many being unemployed and con- 
strained to use every economy, who, under other cir- 
cumstances, would have given generously to so sacred a 
cause. But there was pressing want of a school-house ; 
and, bad as the times were, the Rev. Mr. Stumpe had 
felt that this could no longer be deferred. He accord- 


iiigly began the erection of St. Mary's Literary Institute, 
a commodious school-house, on One Hundred and Fifty- 
first Street, which he completed in the year 1875. It is 
one lumdred and seventy-five feet in front b}' sixty in 
depth. In view of the necessity of abandoning the old 
chapel, the Rev. Mr. Stumpe fitted up the second floor 
of the new edifice as a very beautiful little chaj^el. 

On Sunday, October 3d, 1875, this little church, to 
the joy of the Catholics of Melrose, Avas solemnly dedi- 
cated to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin 
Mary. The Rt. Rev. Thomas A. Becker, D.D., Bishoj) of 
Wilmington, Delaware, performed the ceremony, many of 
the city clergy, with the Very Rev. William Quiim, Ad- 
ministrator of the Diocese during the absence of the 
Cardinal, being present. After the chant of the Litany 
and Psalms had ceased, and the prayer been said which 
gave that place to God's service and asked the Al- 
mighty to remove far from it the cm-se which by 
Adam's sin fell on all things, a Solemn High Mass was 
offered on the new blessed altar. 

The Right Reverend Bishop of Wilmington officiated 
pontifically, with the Rev. F. W. Gockeln, S.J., President 
of St. John's College, as assistant priest; Rev. J. Sorg of 
Tremont as deacon. Rev. J. B. Bogaertz of New Orleans 
as subdeacon, and the Rev. Mr. Stumpe, the pastor of 
the church, as master of ceremonies. The music for the 
occasion was of a high order. Weber's Mass in G was 


finely rendered by the choir; while at the Offertory 
Verdi's "0 Salutaris" was sung mth great feeling. 

After the gosjjel, the Rev. Dr. McGlynn of St. Ste- 
phen's Cluu'ch preached, taking as his text, "I am the 
Bread of Life." (St. Jolni vi.) At the close of the holy 
sacidfice the Bishop gave his episcopal benediction. 

The new ^^art of New York was thus dedicated to 
the Immaculate Conception, as the old city had already 
been. Besides the two chm-ches thus named to honor 
her especial privilege, other churches attest the devotion 
of New York to the Mother of God. Besides St. Mary's, 
there are the Church of the Annunciation, the Church 
of our Lady of the Rosary, the Chm-cli of the Mother 
of Son-ows, the Church of the Assumption. 

While preparing to erect the church which is to 
bear the same title that the parish has noAv assumed, 
the reverend pastor has labored to bring his schools up 
to the highest standard of excellence. He may not be 
able to lay together the stones of a material temple, 
but he can form the living members for the chm'ch of 
the next generation, without '\\-hom, well instructed and 
grounded in the faith, the finest cluu-ch must in a few 
years become vacant and deserted. 

His school for boys is under the care of the expe- 
rienced Brothers of the Clnistian Schools, and number 
two hundred and thirty ; the girls' school, somewhat more 
numerous, with three hundred pupils, is taught by Sisters 


of Christian Charity, a community founded in Germany 
by the Countess Malinkrodt, the sister of the great Cath- 
oHc leader. Driven from Germany hke so many other 
Catholic religious, of both sexes, by a ruler who dis- 
graces the nineteenth century by persecuting and hound- 
ing down women for religion's sake, these good ladies 
sought a refuge in America, and have made Melrose their 
first house, connecting in om- land the exercises of the 
convent life with the name of Scotland's fairest abbey. 

The new clnu-ch to be erected on the spot already 
hallowed by so frequent an offering of the unbloody 
sacrifice, will be a fine Gothic church of cruciform style, 
presenting to the view a front of eighty-four feet; and 
as you enter the portal, a nave of one hunch-ed and 
eighty-four feet in length will lead up to the holy altar. 

Roll of Honor 

Ahrens, Michael. 
Alf, John. 
Ambach, Conrad. 
Amon, George. 
Andreas, John. 
Angerich, Joseph. 
Anton, Peter. 
Arnold, Susanna. 
Bachmann, John. 
Bauer, Ernest. 

Bauer, M. 
Becker, Michael. 
Bender, Joseph. 
Brandt, George. 
Biichelberger, Bernhard. 
Buhr, Nicliolas. 
Burkhardt, George. 
Burkhardt, Michael. 
Curley, Bridget. 
Dennerlein, John. 

Driever, William. 
Egbert., Joseph. 
Englert, Sebastian. 
Evans, William. 
Faulhaber, J. 
Fisher, Frank. 
Frey, Joseph. 
Frohnhofer, Lorenz. 
Geiger, Michael. 
Geller, M. 


Gliick, William. 

Lanzer, Louis. 

Sauter, Vinzenz. 

Greubel, John. 

Lebert, John. 

Schaefer, Peter. 

Greubel, Nicholas. 

Leifer, Reinhardt. 

Schiesser, John. 

Giintling, John. 

Loeble, Isidor. 

Schmidt, Adam. 

Hafifen, Carl. 

Lucht, John. 

Schneider, George. 

Haffen, John. 

Martin, Nicholas. 

Schonhardt, Wendelein. 

Hafifen, Matthias. 

Massert, Franz. 

Schott, John. 

Hauswald, Anton. 

Mayberger, Joseph. 

Schiissler, Casper. 

Hecht, Babtist. 

Meckel, John. 

Schwabius, George. 

Hecht, Catharine. 

Mehlem, John. 

Seufert, Catharine, Mrs. 

Hefele, Henry. 

Meise, Henry A. 

Smith, Gregory. 

Hefele, Joseph. 

MerkHnger, Catharine. 

Spiehler, Anton. 

Hefele, Simon. 

Messerschmitt, Adam. 

Staab, Adam. 

Heilmann, Elizabeth. 

Messerschmitt, Joseph. 

Steinacker, Peter. 

Henning, Amelia. 

Messinger, Jacob. 

Straub, Joseph. 

Herd, Nicholas. 

Meyer, Anton. 

Stumpf, Casper. 

Hester, Lorenz. 

Meyer, Franz. 

Stye, Franz. 

Hoffmann, John. 

Miller, Frederick. 

Tonner, John. 

Hohn, Henry. 

Miller, Jacob. ' 

Tonner, Nicholas. 

Hubert, John. 

Miller, John. 

Trotter, George J. 

Hutzler, George. 

Nagengast, George. 

Truhe, August. 

Illig, Catharine. 

Newett, Ignatius. 

Unlandherm, H., Mrs. 

lUig, Maria. 

Nimphius, John. 

Vetter, Franz. 

Kaiser, John. 

Norz, John. 

Vogel, Jacob. 

Kaiser, William. 

Oprecht, J. G. 

Vogler, George. 

Kalsch, Elizabeth, Mrs. 

Piatt, Peter. 

Volkoramer, Peter. 

Karl, John. 

Pregenzer, Henry. 

Vorndran, C. 

Kaufmann, Michael. 

Pregenzer, Philip. 

Wagner, John. 

Knauer, John. 

Preiser, Peter. 

Walter, Simon. 

Kneipel, Frederick. 

Reis, Andreas. 

Weber, George. 

Krebs, Carl. 

Reis, Lorenz. 

Werdehoff, Anton. 

Kretzer, Casper. 

Reis, Peter. 

Werthmann, Gottfried. 

Krewet, John. 

Ritter, Christian. 

Wey, Peter. 

Kullmann, A. 

Rohr, Michael. 

WiUig, Franz. 

KuUmann, Isidor. 

Ruff-, J. 

Ziigner, Lorenz. 

Kurz, Paul. 

Sauter, Louis. 






THE reverend gentleman under whose intelligent 
care and zeal the Church of the Immaculate 
Conception promises soon to rival any in the city, was 
born October 3d, 1841, at Ibiu-g, in the Diocese of Os- 
nabm-g, in what was then the Kingdom of Planover. After 
his early studies in one of the thorough German schools, 
he corresponded to the call of divine grace and prepared 
to devote himself to the sanctuary. America, Avith its 
vast needs, came before liim as a field for the exercise 
of the ministry ; and he crossed the ocean to offer him- 
self to some diocese where he could be made useful. 
Completing his theological course, he was ordained, July 
4th, 1866, "by the late Right Reverend Josue M. Young, 
D.D., Bishop of Erie, and labored with fruit for some 
years in that diocese. He erected the new chiu-ch of 
St. Joseph, on Federal Hill in the City of Erie, and 
directed the congregation attached to it from 1866 to 
1869. He was then made pastor of the Church of 
the luunaculate Conception, at Brookville, in Jefferson 


County, Pennsylvania. The climate of the lake shore, 
however, proved very trying to liis constitution, and he 
was at last forced to seek a change. He came to New 
York well recommended by his ordinary, and was soon 
intrusted by the Most Reverend Archbishop McCloskey 
with the care of the flock over which he now presides. 
He was appointed pastor of the Church of the 
Immaculate Conception, at Melrose, in 1872, and has been 
actively engaged in his duties since that time, as we have 
already seen. 

His career has won the approval of his prelate and 
the affection of his people. His zeal for education has 
induced his flock to new coui'age, and to more than ordi- 
nary exertions for the proposed temple. 

cm: 11 oil OF SAINT JA5[ES. 




TWO of the present Catholic churches in the city 
originated from one, the name of which has 
not been perpetuated by either. These are St. James' 
Church in James Street, and Transfigiu'ation Church in 
Mott Street. Both these sprang from Christ Church in 
Ann Street, a church which, during its existence, was 
under the pastoral care of a learned and most exem- 
plary priest, the Rev. Felix Varela. 

He was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1788, and so 
distinguished himself for learning and piety that after 
his ordination he was appointed Professor of Philosoi^hy 
in the College of San Carlos. He published a com-se of 
philosophy in Latin and in Spanish, that showed great 
ability, while his sermons and discourses gave liim a 
widespread reputation. So completely did he obtain the 
confidence of the people of Cuba, that he was elected 
to represent the island in the Cortes at Madi-id. On the 
overthrow of the constitutional government he was pro- 
scribed, and, retiring to Gibraltar, came to the United 
States, in December, 1823. ' His merit was soon recognized, 


and tlie next year lie was appointed assistant at St. Petei''s. 
That cluirch had already become too small to accommodate 
the Catholics in the lower part of the city, and the Rt. 
Rev. Bishop Dn Bois resolved to lay off a new parish on the 
eastern side of Broadway. This he confided to the Rev. 
Mr. Varela, whose baptismal entries begin February 24th, 
1825. Clu'ist Church in Ann Street, a stone structure 
sixty-one feet front by eighty in depth, which had been 
erected in 1794, and occupied for some years by the 
Episcopalians, was 2)urchased In- Bishop Du Bois for 
nineteen thousand dollars, March 3, 1S27. The money 
was borrowed from a pious Spaniard. The edifice was 
then fitted up as a Catholic church, and solemnly 
blessed. Here the Rev. Mr. Varela labored zealously 
for several years, endearing himself to his flock by his 
piety, devotedness, and vmbotmded charity towards the 
poor. His pen- was never idle. Not only did he con- 
tinue writing works in Spanish, to diffuse true Catholic 
principles in his native island, l;)ut in English he met 
the assailants of the Church with a leaminsr, a skill, 
and a perseverance which they did not expect. 

During the year 1832, the terrible cholera season, 
he was assisted by the Rev. Joseph A. Scluieller, but on 
the 27th of October, 1833, during service in the church, 
and while the priest was actually administering Holy 
Communion, a terrible panic arose. Excavation for an 
adjoining building had so sti-ained the walls of the 


chiirch that a lai-ge crack was made in the wall. For- 
tunately no lives were lost. Examination showed that 
the building was yet firm; but it began to yield, and 
soon after was found to be so insecure that it could no 
longer be used by the large congregation. Christ Church 
had to be abandoned, as it was found incapable of being 
restored. This was all the more to be regretted as the 
congregation was prospering and a free school had just 
been opened. Steps were taken to erect a new and 
suitable building, and lots in James Street were purchased 
by the bishop for that ^^urpose. Meanwhile, rooms at 
No. 45 Ann Sta-eet were taken, and subsequently the 
second floor of No. 33 Ann Street, a large and airy hall, 
was hired as a chapel and blessed August 2d, 1835. 

A meeting had been called at Christ Church in May 
by Bishop Du Bois, inviting all friendly to the erection 
of the new church in James Street to assemble, but 
most of the old congregation seemed averse to transfer- 
ring their parish church so far. 

The Rev. Dr. Varela accordingly prepared to look 
for a site more in accordance with the wishes of most 
of Ms old flock, part of whom joined in the erection of 
the new church in James Street. 

The ground at that place had been purchased for 
twenty-two thousand dollars, and a solid structm-e begun, 
which is used to this day, and is the oldest Catholic 
clnu-ch edifice in the city. It was completed in the 


following year, at a cost of tlilrty-seven thousand dollars. 
Never had Catholicity seen in America such a period of 
trial as that diu-ing which this chm-ch was erected. A 
fanatical war on tlio Chiu-ch had begun; the country was 
deluged with the most vile and obscene misrepresentations 
of the doctrines and lives of Catholics; meetings were 
held in Protestant churches and in public halls to inflame 
the minds of the people ; and so deluded were the poor 
masses whom the leaders kept buried in ignorance, that 
a Catholic convent at Charlestown was biimed to the 
ground by a mob, the Ursuline nuns and their pupils 
being driven from their home at night by violence, 
which ]\Iassachusetts encouraged, for which she inflicted 
no punishment, and refused all redress. 

Bishop Du Bois, while i-eluctantl.y allowing his clergy 
to engage in controversy, ai)pealed to his Catholic flock 
to avoid all these anti-Catholic gatherings, and to refrain 
carefully from creating any distm'bance or giving the 
unprincipled agitators any pretext for the violence they 
sought to commit. It was amid such a state of things 
that the Catholics of New York calmly went on erecting 
the new church in honor of St. James. When it was 
decided to make it a new parish, the Right Reverend 
Bishop confided it to the Rev. Andrew BjTue, an Irish 
priest, who had akeady shown his ability and zeal in 
the Diocese of Charleston, where he had been made Vicar 
General, and who had, as theologian, attended a provincial 


council at Baltimore. To his exertions was due the speedy 
completion of the church and the organization of the 

St. James' Church was solemnly dedicated to the 
holy Apostle by the Rt. Rev. Dr. Du Bois, in Septem- 
ber, 1836, with all the imposing ceremonies, the position 
of the church permitting the ritual to be fully earned 
out. The array of the clergy on the occasion was im- 
posing, and the moral effect of the whole ceremony on 
the conmiunity was great. Many began to respect the 
Catholic body for the firmness, self-control, and devotion 
to their faith which they exhibited under such trying 
circumstances. At the High Mass a sermon was preached 
by the Very Rev. Dr. John Power, pastor of St. Peter's 
Church, whose eloquence held his hearers enthralled. 

St. James' Church stood in the center of what was 
soon a large Catholic population; and though the extent 
of the parish has been from time to time curtailed by 
the erection of new churches, it still has, in pro^iortion 
to its size, one of the largest congregations in the 

It is a solid and substantial building of the Roman 
order, surmounted by a cross-capped cupola ; the portico 
supported by two columns, with pilasters at the sides. 
This leads to the main entrance, over which, on a white 
marble tablet, is engraved a cross, and beneath, "D.O.M. S. 
JACOBO." There are two side doors, and over each is 


a tablet. One reads: "MY EYES SHALL BE OPEN- 
PLACE. 2 Paralip. chap, v." The other: "THIS IS 
GATE OF HEAVEN. Gen. chap, v." 

There is a high basement, originally nsed as a 
school, and frequently the scene of great Catholic gath- 
erings, especially , in the early days of the discussion of 
the School Question. The interior of the church, since 
its renovations, is finely decorated, and tlte altar is a 
very handsome one. 

The Rev. Mr. Byrne continued in chai-ge of this 
congregation for six years, assisted by Rev. John Mag-in- 
nis, and occasionally by other ^^I'iests ; among these by 
Rev. D. W. Bacon, afterwards Bishop of Portland, and 
by the Rev. Myles Maxwell and the Rev. P. Gillick. 
He then was sent to a new district and founded the 
Church of the Nativity and St. Andi'ew's, his merit 
causing liim soon after to be raised to the episcopate as 
first Bishop of Little Rock, Arkansas. St. James can 
thus boast of having, as her first pastor and one of lier 
first assistants, clergymen whose merits were so esteemed 
at Rome as to receive at the hands of the Holy 
Father a place in the hierarchy. 

The Rev. John Maginnis, who had l^oen connected 
with the church from its foundation, then became pastor. 


but was soon succeeded by the Rev. John N. Smith. 
During his pastorate he was assisted by Rev. Michael 
McCarron, afterwards archdeacon of the diocese, Rev. 
Wilham Nightingale, Rev. Andrew Doyle, Rev. Michael 
Curran, Jr., now for many years pastor of St. Andrew's, 
and Rev. John Curoe. 

The Rev. Mr. Smith was an energetic, brusque, but 
kind and charitable clergyman, thoroughly devoted to his 
sacred calling, and much esteemed by his flock. When, 
in 1847, the emigrant vessels brought over thousands 
prostrated or soon to fall by that terrible scourge, the sliip 
fever, a call was made for priests. Among those who 
went down cheerfully to the region of the shadow of 
death was the earnest and learned Rev. Mark Murpliy. 
He soon sank, a victim of charity, after soothing witli 
the consolations of religion hundi-eds who liad crossed 
the ocean to seek comfort and liappiness, Init found them 
only in the supernatural blessings of their holy faith. 

The Rev. Mr. Smith hastened to attend his associate 
and take his place, Isut he himself was stricken down, 
and died five days after, Febmary IGth, 1848, closing 
heroically a career of twenty years in the ministry, in 
the dioceses of Baltimore and New York. 

The Rev. Patrick McKenna was then transfen-ed from 
St. James' Chm-ch, Brooklyn. The energy displayed on 
other missions was evinced also here. He soon con- 
vinced his flock that much was needed, and they heartily 


entered into all his jjlans for theii- spiritual improvement. 
He gave the church a thorough repairing, and purchased 
ground on which he erected a suitable vestry, which had 
long been required. A suitable residence for the clergy 
was also purchased. 

But the great want in his eyes was that of suitable 
school accommodations. To this he devoted himself heart 
and soul. The parish soon felt the full extent of their 
duty in the matter of the Catholic education of their 
children, and were ready to co-operate fully with their 
pastor in his efforts to enable them to fulfill that duty. 
Again Protestantism, in its decay, helped the Catholic cause. 
The Mariners' Church, or Bethel, in Roosevelt Street, was 
for sale, and was pm-chased by the pastor of St. James', 
in May, 1854, for twenty thousand dollars. He went 
among his parishioners with his subscription list, headed 
by his own contribution of twelve hundi-ed dollars. Seven 
thousand dollars were immediately subscribed and paid. 
The church was then transformed into a Catholic school- 
house. The impulse thus given to education in the parish 
has never lost its influence. The whole district was 
allotted off, and St. James' Free School Society established, 
under the patronage of Archbishop Hughes. This so- 
ciety, which has been eminently successful, continues to 
this day, visiting every block weekly, to collect alike 
means and pupils. 

The young Catholics, exposed to every temptation. 


are now shielded 1)y a sound religious education, and 
fitted to encounter the difficulties that beset them. No- 
where, perhaps, have the Catholic body learned to feel 
so deep an interest in education or such a pride in their 
schools, as in the parish of St, James, and their efficiency 
now, due to the labors of the present pastor, is the 
full growth of the seed planted by the genial ]\Ir. 
McKenna. His useful career ended in 1858, when he fell 
a victim to a disease of the lungs, which had already 
brou"-lit him to the verg'e of the m-ave. But he never 
spared himself, and his exhaiisted frame could no longer 
rally. He expired February 5th, 1858. He was bimed 
from St. James', which was thronged to suffocation Ijy 
his weeping parishioners, while tlie Right Revei'end Bishop 
of Brooklyn sang the requiem, and clergymen from far 
and near came to render by their presence tribute to an 
exemplary fellow-laborer. Not unjustly did the eloquent 
Father Driscol of the Society of Jesus take as liis text 
the words of the First Book of Kings (ii. 35) : " And 
I will raise me up a faithful priest, who shall do accord- 
ing to my heart and my soul, and I will build him 
a faitliful house, and he shall walk all days before my 

The excellent Dominican Father Thomas ]\Iartin was 
then placed by the Most Reverend Archbishop in charge 
of the Church of St. James, where he discharged pa- 
rochial duties till his death, in May, 1859, at the age 


of 69. Again the congregation had to moiu-n tlie loss 
of a great and devoted priest. Though liis connection 
with St. James' had not been long, he was known and 
revered by all. His funeral, May 13, 1859, was attended 
by nearly every priest in the city, with many from 
the adjoining diocese. After the Office for the Dead ^vas 
recited by the clergy, a Solemn Mass of Requiem was 
offered by the Very Rev. Dominican Father Young, with 
deacon and subdeacon. Archbishop Hughes j^i'^^^^ounced 
the eulogy of the laborious, disinterested priest, who 
always asked the hardest position ; and when he had 
brought all to peace, or harmony, or regularit}' — had 
helped a poor flock to build a church or get rid of a 
crushing debt — his only anxiety was to begin the same 
work elsewhere. 

The Rev. James Brennan was then appointed ; l)ut 
in 1865 the Most Reverend Ai-chbishop chose as jjastor 
of the Chm-ch of St. James the Rev. Felix H. Farrelh', 
who has infused new life into all departments of his 
parish. The schools had so increased under the fostering 
care of the pastor and the systematic zeal of the people, 
that the old school-house no longer sufficed. In 1868, 
Rev. Mr. Farrelly erected, on the comer of New Bowery 
and James Street, a noble building of the most modern 
style, which throws in the shade some of the Public 
School buildings that cost the city millions. It is perfect 
in all its arrangements. The boys' school is in charge 


of those excellent instructors, the Clu'istian Brothers, and 
had in 1878 six hundred and forty pupils. The girls' 
school, under the Sisters of Charity, numbered no less 
than eight hundred pupils. The course of study is so 
thorough, and with such regard not only to mental but 
also to physical training, that the results have been most 
satisfactory. Within the last few years no less than fifty 
graduates of St. James' school have passed the rigorous 
examination of the Board of Education and received cer- 
tificates as teachers in the Pviblic Schools. 

There is also an Industrial School, in which nearly 
a hundred orphans or half-orphans are daily fed and 
educated, who would otherwise fall into the fell hands of 
those proselytizing bodies wliich, under the mask of public 
benevolence, seek to rob the young Catholics of theu* 

In 1877, the church was thoroughly repaired through- 
out and frescoed, so as to make it highly attractive ; 
and besides the adornment of the material temple, the 
pastor obtained the services of the Passionist Fathers, 
who gave a succession of retreats to all classes, which 
were productive of the greatest good. 

The congregation of St. James is estimated at twen- 
ty-five thousand, and a floating population of three thou- 
sand Catholic sailors. The reverend pastor is assisted by 
the Rev. William A. Farrell and the Rev. Daniel J. 



There are many societies connected with the chnrch, 
all aiming- to increase piety among the faithful — the 
Society of the Sacred Heart, to honor the love of oiir 
Divine Lord to man; the Society of the Livuig Rosary, 
Young Men's Sodality, and Young Ladies' Sodality. The 
St. James Temperance Society, dating back to 1846, 
was mainly instrumental in inducing Father Matthew to 
visit America. Besides this, there are a Young Men's 
Temperance Society, a Piu'gatorian Society, to pray for 
the dead, and the Society for the Propagation of the 

Roll of Honor. 

Ahearn, Patrick. 
Aird, James, 
Anderson, C. G. 
Anderson, Margaret. 
Anthony, Joseph. 
Bailey, Catherine, Mrs. 
Barkerding, Adolph. 
Bennett, Mary, Mrs. 
Bergman, I. 
Bishop, Thomas. 
Blackford, James. 
Blake, Jefferson, Mrs. 
Bonnie, Peter. 
Brannigan, Patrick. 
Brady, John. 
Brassell, Ellen E., Mrs. 
Brcnnan, Jeremiah. 
Brett, William. 
Brown, Cornelius. 
Brown, James. 
Brown, Nicholas T. 
Buckley, Dennis. 
Buckley, Ellen. 
Burnett. Peter. 
Burns, Edward G. 
Byrne, John J. 
Cahill, Florence, Mrs. 

Callahan, Ann, Mrs. 
Callahan, Dennis. 
Callan, Edward N. 
Campbell. James. 
Carey, Juhn. 
Carney, Edward. 
Carroll, John J. 
Cary, ftLary, Mrs. 
Cavanagh, Martin. 
Cavanagh, Peter. 
Clark, Patrick T. 
Coakley, William. 
Cody, Peter. 
Colligan, William. 
Collins, John J. 
Coman, Thomas. 
Connell, John. 
Conroy, Thomas D. 
Costello, James. 
Cotter, Johanna, Miss. 
Coughlin, Jeremiah. 
Courad, Elizabeth M. 
Creed, Mary A., Mrs. 
Creig, Mary J. 
Crittenden, Charles W. 
Cronley, Joseph. 
Cronin, Honora, Mrs. 


Cronin, Michael, Mrs. 
Cull, Daniel. 
Cunehan, Edward. 
Cunningham, Daniel. 
Curtin, Hugh A. 
Cusack, Michael J. 
Dalton, Bridget, Mrs. 
Daly, Ambrose. 
Daly, Daniel. 
Daly, Dennis. 
Davis, John. 
Davis, Patrick. 
Deveraux, Patrick. 
Devine, Michael. 
Devitt, Patrick S. 
Dickson, Mary A., Mrs. 
Donovan, Cornelius. 
Donovan, Daniel. 
Donovan, Ellen, Mrs. 
Donovan, Florence. 
Doody, Catharine, Mrs. 
Doyle, John. 
Drought, plenry. 
Dugan,EIizabelh, Mrs. 
Dugan, Mary, Mrs. 
Dunigan, William. 
Dunn, Simon. 

Dunne, Edward. 
Dwyer, Patrick. 
Dwyer, Peter. 
Eagan, Francis. 
Eagleton, Mary Ann. 
Egan, Patrick. 
Fairgrieve, William. 
Farrcll, Edward J. 
Farrcll, Patrick. 
Feely, Michael. 
Fenton, Thomas. 
Ferre, William. 
Field, Richard. 
Finn. James. 
Finn, John. 
Finn, Maurice. 
Fitzger.ald, John. 
Fitzgerald, John J. 
Fitzgerald, I'homas. 
Fitzgerald, William. 
Fitzpatrick, John J. 
Fitzpatrick, Sarah. 
Foley, David E. 
Foley, Patrick. 
Foley, William. 
Foster, Charles. 
Gallagher, Bernard. 


Gallagher, Bernard F. 

McCusker, James. 

O'Donnell, Charles. 

Gamble, Thomas. 

McDonald, James. 

O'Donnell, John. 

Gannon, Patrick M. 

McDonnell, Daniel. 

O'Donnell, Patrick. 

Gibbons, Michael J. 

McDonnell, James. 

O'Donohue, John. 

Gilmartin, Cath., Mrs. 

McElroy, ^Latthew. 

O'.Meara, D.i'niel M. 

Ginna, Michael. 

McGinley, Thomas. 

O'Neil, Daniel. 

Gleason, Michael. 

McGrath, Thomas. 

O'Neil, Henry. 

Grady, Patrick. 

McHale, Austin. 

O'Neil, Joseph F. 

Gregory, Patrick, Mrs. 

Mclnerney, Martin. 

O'Neill, Margaret, Miss. 

Griffith, Thomas G., Mrs. 

McKiUop, Henry E. 

O'Reilly, Peter. 

Grimes, P'rancis. 

McKillop, James J. 

O'SulIivan, Tames. 

Gruner, Edward. 

McLaughlin, Dennis. 

O'SuUivan. [ohn M. 

Gnerin, Margaret. 

McLaughlin, Edward. 

Patton, William, Mrs. 

Haggerty, Catharine E. 

McLaughlin, George. 

Patty, Ann, Mrs. 

Hanifan, Michael J. 

McLaughlin, John. 

Pillion, Bernard. 

Hargrove, Thomas. 

McMahon, Patrick. 

Pope, John. 

Harrington, Michael. 

McNamara, John. 

Powers, John. 

Harrington, Peter F. 

McNiff, Peter. 

Purccll, Mary. 

Haybyrne, Patrick J. 

McPhillips, James. 

Quinlan, John. 

Healy, Stephen, Mrs. 

McVay, Daniel. 

Ranahan, Henry. 

Ilefferman, James. 

Madden, Mary. 

Reidy, John, Mrs. 

Ilernin, Martin. 

Magee, John. 

Reilly, Michael. 

Higgins, John. 

Maguire, Bernard. 

Reynolds, Margaret, Mrs. 

Hodge, John. 

Maher, Thomas, Mrs. 

Reunard, Andrew. 

Hogan, Edward. 

Mahoney, D.aniel F. 

Riley, John. 

Howard, Sarah, Mrs. 

Mahoney, Joseph. 

Ring, Eliza, Mrs. 

Hughes, William. 

Mahoney, M. J. 

Rush, Thomas J. 

Imperatori, Carlo. 

Malone,' Patrick. 

Russell, John. 

Johnson, Mary, Mrs. 

Manning, Lewis. 

Ryan, Andrew. 

[ones, Richard. 

Melville, Mary, Mrs. 

Ryan, Benjamin B., Mrs. 

Keating, Ellen, Mrs. 

Miller, Margaret, Mrs. 

Ryan, Patrick. 

Keenan, James. 

Mitchell, George. 

Savage, John A. 

Kelly, Thomas, Mrs. 

Moore, Francis G. 

Schultz, John. 

Kennedy, John. 

Moran, Roger. 

Scott, Richard. 

Kennedy, Michael. 

Moriarty, Daniel. 

Seibert, Catharine. 

Kennedy, Thomas, Mrs. 

Moriarty, Patrick. 

Sexton, John. 

Kent, John. 

Morris, Joseph V. 

Shea, Dennis. 

Kerrigan, James. 

Morris, Patrick. 

Sheehan, James A. 

Kilgore, Patrick. 

Morris, Thomas R. 

Short, Peter H. 

Kirby, Mary. 

Morrison, Edward. 

Smith, Charles H. 

Kirk, William P. 

Mulcahy, Edward T. 

Smith, G. R., Mrs. 

Knott, William. 

MuUane, Bridget. 

Spellman, Catharine, Mrs. 

Lapp, Henry. 

Murphy, Anthony. 

Stapleton, Ann, Mrs. 

Largan, Michael J. 

Murphy, Daniel. 

Stevens, W'illiam. 

Leary, Patrick. 

Murphy, Thomas. 

Sullivan, Cornelius. 

Lefoy, James. 

Murray, Calliarine, Mrs. 

Sullivan, Dennis. 

Lester, John. 

Musgrave, John, Mrs. 

Sullivan, Michael. 

Lombard, Richard. 

Naughton, Thomas J. 

Sullivan, Patrick. 

Long, Sarah, Mrs. 

Newell, James. 

.Swan, Joseph. 

Lovejoy, Stephen. 

Nolan, Martin. 

Sweeny, Morgan J. 

Luddy, James A. 

Nolan, Michael. 

Taggart, Hugh. 

Lynch, Johanna, Mrs. 

Noonan, Dennis, Mrs. 

Taggart, John. 

Lynch, Julia, Mrs. 

Nugent, Tames. 

Tangney, Patrick. 

Lynch, Michael. 

O'Brien, "David. 

Thompson, Henry. 

Lynch, William. 

O'Brien, John. 

Tierney, Anthony. 

Mc.\lister, John. 

O'Connell, Maurice. 

Tolster, Myles. 

McHride, John. 

O'Connell, Michael. 

Tripney, John. 

.McCabe, Patrick. 

O'Connor, Hannah, Mrs. 

Turner, Bridget, Mrs. 

McCabe, Terence. 

O'Connor, James. 

Vail, Ellen, Mrs. 

McCaddin, Daniel. 

O'Connor, Mary, Mrs. 

Walsh, Bridget, Mrs. 

McCaffery, Owen. 

O'Connor, Patrick. 

Walsh, John. 

McCarthy, James. 

O'Connor, Thomas. 

Walsh, John. 

McCarthy, Joseph P. 

O'Connor, William J. 

Waterson, Thomas. 

McCarthy, I'homas. 

O'Day, William. 




THE worthy sviccessor of Bishop Bynio, who now 
has so identified himself with the pai-ish ehiu-ch 
iu James Street, was born in Ireland, December 28, 
1832, and after preliminary studies at Castle Knock and 
at the Petit Seminaire in Cavan, passed his examination 
and entered Maynooth, the great theological school of 
Ireland, which has given so many priests, not only to 
that country but to all parts of the world. 

He was ordained priest at All Hallow's College, 
near Dublin, on the 3d of July, 1854, by the Most 
Reverend Archbishop Cullen, now Ireland's first Cardinal. 
On his arrival in the United States the same year, the 
yovmg priest was at once assigned to duty by the Most 
Reverend Archbishop Hughes. He became assistant at 
the Church of the Nativity, in Second Avenue, on the 
fii-st of October, 1854, and held the position for two 
years, when he was appointed pastor of the Church of 
the Anntmciation at Manhattanville. His discharge of his 
duties here showed so much zeal for the good of souls, 
and such real ability, that in the fall of 1860 the Cluirch 
of St. Mary at Rondout was confided to him. His ser- 


vices were of the greatest benefit to this chiirch, as he 
remained nearlj five years, efi"ecting great good and in- 
fusing order and system into all parochial affairs. 

He was transferred, on the fii'st day of Jime, 1865, 
to his present position, in which he seems to live only 
as head of his parish — enthusiastic for his schools, en- 
couraging the children of liis institutions by his constant 
care and prompt appreciation of all their exertions to 
succeed. They are his treasures; and the mother of the 
Gracchi did not show her sons with more pride, as the 
dearest jewels of her heart, than the Rev. Mv. Farrelly 
does his bright pupils of St. James' pai-ish, in whose 
success in and beyond school he is so deeply interested. 

Not only in his own parish is he thus devoted to edu- 
cation. There is scarcely a Catholic college or academy 
in New York in which medals have not been given by the 
pastor of St. James' to stimulate the pupils to excellence. 

With a buoyant disposition, cheered by the devoted 
affection of his flock, who know his fidelity and char- 
ity, the Rev. Mr. FaiTelly does not show the effect of 
his nearly quarter of a century of earnest labor in 
New York City ; yet it has told on liis health, and he is 
no longer as robust and vigorous as of old. Infirmities 
and disease not easily eradicated from the system are 
now struggling for mastery. He is not a priest whom 
the diocese can without pain see retire on account of ill 
health, and all long for his complete restoration. 



THE Catholics of Mott Haven had no church of 
their own till the Most Rev. Archbishop ]\Ic- 
Closkey, in 1870, commissioned a young priest, who liad 
displayed sterling qualities while curate at the Church of 
the Immaculate Conception, to proceed to that point of 
the city. 

Entering his parish with the determination to labor 
earnestly, if God in his providence gave the increase, 
ascribing all the glory to Him, the Rev. Mr. Hughes 
placed his parish under the protection of the great Father 
of the Chm'ch, the ornament of the priesthood, the student 
of Holy Scripture, whose Latin version, the Vulgate, has 
been adopted by om- Holy Mother — St. Jerome. He 
was a great saint, a holy man, of decided character, 
renouncing the world and retiring to solitude and study 
in the Holy Land ; a stem opponent of error, a vigorous 
defender of the truth, an admirable director, a model of 
the pi'iesthood. 

The new pastor at once rented the Market House at 
Mott Haven as the temporary Chm-ch of St. Jerome, and, 


after collecting the Catholics together and infusing into 
them some of his own courage and spirit, prepared to 
give his parish a church. He had not come empty- 
handed. The friends whom he had made in his last field 
of labor gave laim presents of church and altar fiu-niture, 
as well as money. 

lie purchased a whole block of gi-ound, and began 
to arrange for the erection there of a fine chm-ch, a 
school-house, and a pastoral residence, the whole in^'olv- 
ing an outlay of full a quarter of a million of dollars. 
This, however, would be a matter of . time. An able 
architect, Mr. L. C. O'Connor, drew the plans of the sev- 
eral buildings, but the pastor's idea was to begin with 
the greatest want, the school. 

On the 19tli of June, 1870, fully seven thousand 
Catholics witnessed the laying of the corner-stone of the 
school-house of St. Jerome's parish, which was for the 
present to give space also for a temporary chapel. Socie- 
ties came with numerous delegations, with glittering ban- 
ners and devoted hearts — the Excelsior, St. Jerome, St. 
Augustine, St. Aloysius Temperance Society. The Very 
Rev. William Starrs officiated, assisted by the Rev. Dr. 
Burtsell of the Epiphany, the Rev. Mr. Ilealy of St. Ber- 
nard's, the Rev. IMr. Slevin, and the Rev. Mr. Woods. 
When the solemn ritual had ended, and the stone, the 
head of the comer, the type of Chi-ist, had been blessed, 
the Rev. Dr. Morrogh preached, taking as his text the 


words of the Psalmist : " Unless the Lord biiild the 
house, they labor in vain who build it." 

The building, as planned by the architect, L. C. 
O'Connor, and erected by Mr. P. Mullen, the builder, is a 
fine structure of brick, in the Lonibardo-Gothic style, of 
pressed brick, with Ohio and Belleville stone dressings ; 
seventy feet wide by one hundi-ed and fifteen feet in depth, 
and three stories high. For a time the first story was used 
as a temporary chapel, and was neatly fitted up, giving 
accommodations for a congi-egation of two thousand souls, 
the second and third stories being used for school piu'- 
poses. This building cost fifty-five thousand dollars, and 
was ready in the following j^car. It was solemnly dedi- 
cated on the 25th of June, 1871. 

The Eev. Mr. Hughes has as assistant the Rev. J. 

St. Jerome's Church has a thriving Altar Society, 
a Rosary Society, and several approved sodalities, as well 
as a Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 






THE Rev. John J. Hughes was born in the County 
Down, Ireland, on the Feast of All Saints, No- 
vember 1st, 1834. His early education, however, was 
received at the High School at Whitehaven, in Cumber- 
land County, England. 

Ha\'ing come to this coimtry in 1856, he entered^ 
St. John's College, at Fordham, in the ensuing year, and 
was graduated in 1862. lie subsequently entered the 
Seminary of St. Sulpice, Montreal, where he pm-sued his 
theological coui-se under the accomplished professors of 
that divinity school. 

He Avas ordained on the 26th of July, 1865, in the 
Cathedi-al Church of St. Patrick, New York, by the 
Most Rev. Archbishop McCloskey, and was placed as 
assistant at St. Peter's Church in Barclay Street. After 
a tlu-ee months' experience in that ancient parish, he was 
assigned to duty as curate at St. Maiy's Church, in the 
town of Rondout, and diligently discharged the duties of 
that position till the month of November, 1866, A^hon, an 
assistant being required at the Church of the Innnaculate 
Conception in Fourteenth Street, the young priest, who 



had impressed all by his zeal, capacity, and talent, was 
stationed there. 

In this church he made himself singularly beloved ; 
and Avhen he was appointed to fonn a new parish at 
Mott Haven, the grief felt at parting with him was gen- 
eral throughout the congregation, and evoked a warm 
sympathy in the task he had undertaken. Rarely has a 
priest received so many and such substantial tokens of 
appreciation on the part of his flock. In the parish which 
he has created he has left an enduring monument of his 
ability, and the new church which he hopes to raise 
will more clearh' prove how readily an earnest priest, 
laboring for the good of his congregation, meets a re- 
sponse in their hearts. 

Roll of Honor. 

Adams, Thomas. 
Attinelli, Francis. 
Bagnall, Charles. 
Bailey, A. L., Mrs. 
Beisely, John. 
Berte, F. C. 
Blake, Ambrose. 
Brady, Margaret, Mrs. 
Brennan, John H. 
Broderick, Eliza, Mrs. 
Butler, Edward. 
Butler, Pierce J. 


Byrne, Joseph. 
Byrne, Thomas. 
Byrne, William P. 
Callahan, Christopher. 
Campbell, Hugh. 
Carney, Patrick. 
Cashman, Patrick. 
Cassion, James. 
Caulfield, Christopher. 
Cavanagh, Patrick. 
Clarke, John. 
Connelly, John. 

Connolly, Mark. 
Cooney, Nicholas. 
Coyle, Bernard. 
Crowe, Michael. 
Cunningham, Henrietta. 
Curtis, Margaret. 
Daly, David. 
Daly, H. C. 
Daly, Peter. 
Daly, Patrick. 
Debold, Jacob. 
Denny, A. 



Doherty, William. 
Donlon, Patrick. 
Donnegan, John. 
Donnelly, Sarah, Mrs. 
Dougherty, John. 
Drummond, Charles. 
England, Martin. 
Ettenborough, John J. 
Fanning, Patrick G. 
Feehan, James. 
Findlay, William. 
Fitzgerald, James. 
Franke, Joseph. 
Gafiney, Richard. 
Gibney, William. 
Gillen, Margaret, Mrs. 
Gordon, Patrick E. 
Guilfoyle, Thomas. 
Guinan, Bernard. 
Haiduvan, Joseph. 
Hanley, Sarah C. 
Hartley, Edward F. 
Hogan, Michael. 
Hogan, Philip. 
Hoyt, Emily A. 
Johnson, Joseph. 
Jordan, P. 
Kelley, Maria, Mrs. 
Kennelly, James. 
Kenney, P. 
Laughlin, James. 
Lawler, Patrick. 
Leslie, James. 
Lipps, Ellen, Mrs. 
Logan, Thomas. 

Loughlin, Joseph. 
Loughlin, Thomas. 
Lynch, Bartholomew. 
Lynch, John. 
McArdle, George. 
McCarthy, John. 
McGauran, Thomas. 
McGearity, Patrick. 
McGee, James E. 
McGinness, John. 
McGrath, Lawrence. 
McGrath, Margaret. 
McGuire, John, 
McKenna, Felix. 
McKenna, Francis. 
McKenna, Michael. 
McKenna, Rosa. 
McNally, John. 
McQuillan, Alexander. 
Mallen, Frank. 
Mallen, Owen. 
Meany, Margaret. 
Meany, Michael C. 
Mooney, Rose. 
Mooney, Thomas. 
Mooney, William. 
Montgomery, James. 
Moran, John. 
Morrison, James. 
Morton, Henry. 
Murphy, Catharine. 
Murphy, Edward. 
Murphy, John. 
Murphy, Kate. 
Murphy, Michael. 
Newett, Thomas. 

Norris, Thomas G. 
O'Byrne, William J. 
O'Connor, Charles. 
O'Gorman, John. 
O'Hare, Patrick. 
O'Kane, James. 
O'Neil, Michael. 
Quigley, D. J. 
Redmond, Ennis. 
Regan, Owen. 
Reilly, James. 
Reilly, John. 
Reilly, R. 

Richardson, Joseph. 
Riley, James. 
Ryan, James E. 
Ryan, William. 
Sadlier, Dennis. 
Siller, Rose. 
Slattery, Patrick. 
Smith, Edward. 
Stumpf, B. Mrs. 
Sullivan, Matthew. 
Sullivan, Mortimer. 
Tierney, John. 
Toner, William. 
Trainor, Ellen. 
Tuomey, Mary. 
Turley, John. 
Walsh, Catharine. 
Walsh, Patrick. 
Weir, Hugh. 
Williams, James J. 
Wilson, Catharine. 
Wolfrath, Alfred. 





THE necessity of hearing the Word of God in 
their ovm tongue, and of having their children 
taught the Christian docti'ine in the tones familiar to them 
from the cradle, led the German Catholics to exert them- 
selves to have separate churches where they could enjoy 
these advantages. 

The mass and the services of the Church are the 
same for all, and to the Catholic it matters not of what 
race or land the priest may be who ministers at the altar. 
The august sacrifice is offered by men duly ordained 
from every nation under heaven. But the teachings of 
religious truth come home to the heart more surely when 
uttered in the language in Avliich they were heard in 
childhood, and which carry the aged man back to the 
day when he learned his first prayer at his mother's 
knee. , 

The Chui'ch of St. Nicholas was the first step, but it 
was far on the eastern side of the city. The German 
Catholics on the western side resolved to make an effort 
to have a church of tlieir own. 


There was a rocky, swamjjy tract around Tliirty- 
first Street, near Seventh Avenue, where modern improve- 
ments were not dreamed of. The rude shanties of those 
Avho liekl by no lease formed the sole population. Pro- 
perty here seemed within the means of a small and poor 

Here a small frame church in honor of St. John 
the Baptist was erected and blessed in 1840. The con- 
gregation placed themselves under the jDOwerful patronage 
of the Precursor of our Lord, .sanctified in the womb 
of His holy mother, St. Elizabeth — a 2>i'ophct, and more 
than a prophet, for he not only foretold our I.,()rd, but 
pohited him out to the Jews, saying, " Behold the Lamb 
of God." Of him the Divine Truth itself said: "Amen, 
amen, I say to you, of them that are born of woman 
there is not a holier one than John the Baptist." 

The Church of St. John the Baptist was thus mod- 
estly begun — a small, unpretending frame structm-o. The 
opening was auspicious. The really pious rejoiced at the 
opportimity now afforded them of attending mass and 
frequenting the sacraments in their own part of the city, 
and of recei"ving instruction and admonition in the lan- 
guage of their fatherland. 

But those were days of trustees; and the little chm-ch 
was in the hands of men who attempted to rule with a 
high hand. The church for some time had no resident 
pastor, but when Rev. Zacharias Kunze was appointed. 


he found that the trustees claimed to rule the congrega- 
tiou, and hi.s poAver for good was limited. He withda-ew 
in 1844, and established the Church of St. Francis Seraph. 
Rev. J. A. Jacop became pastor in 1845, but there was a 
general lack of spirit and much dissension. 

To add to the miseries, on Sunday morning, January 
lOtli, 1847, when when the church was ready for early 
mass, those of the congregation living near saw flames 
bursting out ominously from a rude stable near their 
cluirch. The alarm was given, and they hastened to save 
their temple ; but the winter Avind fanned the flames, 
and though some articles were saved, and much of the 
altar fmniiture, the building with the organ was consumed, 
and the congregation was without a church. 

They did not lose corn-age, but with the money re- 
ceived from the insm-ance began to erect a more solid 
and substantial edifice of brick. 

On Sunday afternoon, March 14th, 1847, the Right 
Reverend Bishop Hughes, accompanied by his secretary, 
Rev. J. R. Bayley, and two Jesuit Fathers from St. John's 
College, proceeded to the spot to lay the comer-stone ac- 
cording to the Roman Pontifical. 

The Right Reverend Bishop made a most earnest and 
powerful addi'ess befitting the circumstance. He reminded 
the congregation of the glorious spiritual temjjle, of winch 
the material one was but a faint shadow, and that the 
strength and usefulness of each particular church, as of 


a single stone, Avere to be found only in its close and 
faithful continuance in tlie place of the vast edifice in 
which it is set. 

An address was also delivered in German by the 
Eev. Mr. Raffeiner, and after the chant of a hymn in 
German the cong'reg'ation retired. 

The new Church of St. John the Baptist was by 
no means grand, either exteriorly or interiorly, but it 
was a great improvement. For a time the Catholics of 
St. John's were attended from the Chm*ch of the Nativity, 
but in 1848, the Rev. Joseph Lutz, an exemplary and 
energetic priest, was appointed. After four years' labor the 
Rev. Mr. Lutz withdi'ew, and the chm-ch was again bereft 
of a pastor. At last, in 1853, the Rev. Augustine Dantner 
was appointed to the jjosition; and lie struggled on amid 
endless difl&culties till the year 187U, when he was forced 
to withdraw. The chiu'ch remained closed for several 
months, and there seemed every prospect that it woidd 
fall from decay — for it was in a wretched condition from 
long want of repair — unless in the mean time it was sold 
for debt, and so passed entirely out of the hands of the 

On the return of the Most Reverend Archbishop 
from the Vatican Council, he resolved to make one more 
effort to infuse new life into the congregation, and deliver 
it fi-om the evils luider which it had so long suffered, 
by placing it in the hands of a zealous religious order. 


The spectacle of a community bound together by humil- 
ity, piety, obedience, and self-denial, ought to be a per- 
petual lesson. 

The Capuchins, a branch of the great Franciscan 
Order, had, at a very early date, labored on the Ameri- 
can coast. They built the first Catholic chapels among 
the French fishing villages on the coast of Maine and 
Nova Scotia in the middle of the seventeenth centmy, 
and for many years served the various parishes in Louis- 
iana. It is the order which gave Ireland its great moral 
refomier, Father Matthew, and the province of Florida, 
and more recently the neighboring provinces of New 
Brunswick and Nova Scotia, eminent and laborious 

The early missions had died away amid the various 
changes in the condition of the country, but in 1857 
the Rev. Bonaventiu-a Frey and the Rev. Francis Haas 
revived the order in the United States, and founded a 
convent at Mount Calvary, Fond du Lac County, Wis- 

They were already known to his Grace Ai'chbishop 
McCloskey, who, in 1866, confided a district -to them, 
where they had erected and conducted most satisfactorily 
the Chm'ch of Our Lady of Soitows, in Pitt Street. At 
his request, the Rev. Father Bonaventiira Frey under- 
took himself the charge of the parish of St. John the 




The poor old church was again opened, and the 
congregation met once more to hear mass and instnic- 
tions. The new pastor at once appealed to their better 
feelings, and, expressing astonishment that German Catho- 
lics in a great city like New York should be contented 
with a church as poor as he had found in the wildest 
regions of the West, soon brought the better part of the 
flock to rally around him in his work of building a 
church that would be honorable to their holy patron, St. 
John the Baptist, and creditable, to themselves. 

The plan of a new and fitting chmxh was prepared 
by the architect, N. Le Brun ; and, undismayed by the 
load of debt and the past dissensions, the brave Capu- 
chin Father laid the corner-stone of his new church on 
the first Sunday after Pentecost, June 4th, 1871. 

To enable them to complete the chui-ch, collections 
were made, not only among the congregation, but else- 
where — one Father, Pacificus, devoting himself almost 
entirely to the good work of procm-ing the necessary 

The church was finally completed, except the spire, 
and stands to-day a soiu'ce of wonder to those '^^lio 
recollect the poor old church Avhich for so many years 
occupied the site. It is built in pm-e Gothic style. The 
fa9ade is of fine di-essed stone, with beautiful arched 
doorways, surmounted by windows of singular beauty, 
the pi'ojection of the tower base breaking the line of 


the front and relieving it from sameness. The high altar 
and those at the sides are of white, polished marble, 
pure in taste, design, and execution, standing ont in relief 
from a background of darkly veined marble. This, witli 
the statues of the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph on the 
side altars, and the elegantly carved pulpit, the work of 
a Capuchin lay brother, attract the attention of all who 
enter the sacred edifice. The church is a hiindred and 
sixty-five feet long and sixty-seven feet wide, while the 
nave, which rises above the aisles, attains a height of 
seventy feet. The cost of the building was $175,000. 

The erection of so large a church, capable of seat- 
ing twelve hundi-ed in the pews, astonished many, and to 
some it seemed to be tlu-ice as large as the congregation 
required; but the result showed that Father Bonaventura 
builded wisely. The solemnity and dignity with which 
divine worship is off'ered, and all the offices of the Chm-ch 
performed, attract so many that the chm-ch is filled at 
the successive masses on Sundays and holidays. 

The new chm-ch was solemnly dedicated on the 23d 
of June, 1872. Religious societies from the Chm-ch of Oiu- 
Lady of Sorrows in Pitt Street, St. Michael's in Thirty- 
second Street, and from the Church of the Assumption, 
came to rejoice with the parishioners of St. John the 
Baptist, with still others from the Holy Innocents, St. 
Alphonsus, and St. Francis of Assisi. These came with 
their bands — the societies attached to the chm-ch, those 


of Francis Xaverius, Francis Joseph, and St. John the 
Baptist closing the hne, which was led by a band of 
white-robed virgins. When these societies had passed 
in order into the chxirch, the ceremony of the day be- 
gan. For the third time on that spot a Catholic chm'ch 
was to be blessed. His Grace the Most Reverend Arch- 
bishop perfoi-med the striking ceremony, and, retimiing to 
the sanctuary, took lus seat on the throne prepared at 
the left side of the altar. 

A Solemn High Mass was then offered, at which 
were present the ]\Iost Reverend Archbishop, with Bishop 
Persico of Savannah and Bishop McQnade of Rochester. 
After the gospel, the Rev. Father Francis Haas, Superior 
of the Capuchins in Wisconsin, j^rsached a sermon in 
German, taking as his text, " This is the house of God." 
At the close of the Holy Sacrifice, his Grace Archbishop 
McCloskey felicitated the congregation and the Capuchin 
Fathers on the success of their undertaking. " Seldom," 
said he, " have I been so positively reminded of the 
sublime scene which was witnessed in Jerusalem at the 
dedication of the second Temple to the glory of the God 
of Israel by the Jews upon their return from Babylonian 
captivity. The i^i'ocession of priests and levites, the 
sound of cymbals and music, caused old men and women 
to weep with joy, and yoimg ones leaped about under 
the same influence. Yet what was the solemnity of that 
occasion compared with the present I No divine holo- 


caust was there offered, no Di\'ine presence was there to 
be found, but it is not so in the Christian temple." 

Encouraging them to hibor earnestly to extinguish 
all debt on their fine church, since it could not be called 
really the house of God while any man could ])ut for- 
ward a claim to it, he reminded them that the solemn 
consecration of a church could be performed onl}- when 
the edifice was completely free from debt. Receiving his 
benediction, the vast and striking assemblage retired. 

In the rear of the church on Thirty-first Street, Father 
Bonaventiira erected on two lots a fine brick building 
trimmed with stone. This was intended as a residence 
for a religious community. It was the Capucliin (Jon- 
vent, and on its completion it was dedicated by the 
Most Reverend Archbishop to St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, 
a holy Capucliin Father, who, after preaching with the 
most burning eloquence to the Calvinists of Switzerland, 
was put to death by them in the year 1622. Of the tens 
of thousands of blessed martyrs who laid down their lives 
for the faith at the period of the Reformation, at the 
hands of the adherents of some of the many forms of 
error then wildly proclaimed, St. Fidelis is one of the few 
yet canonized by the Church. He was in name and deed 
faithful unto the end, and is a blessed patron for oui* 
city. At the time of the blessing of the Convent, his Grace 
established the cloister as laid down in the canons. 

The necessity of a school building was great, and 


Father Boiiaventura did not deem liis good work com- 
plete till he had erected one, although the basement of 
the new chnrch answered for a time. He found no 
building in the neighborhood that could be readily 
adapted for school purposes, but was so aided that he 
was able to buy two lots adjoining the convent. On 
these he erected a fine school-house, corresponding ex- 
teriorly to the convent. Some modifications in the con- 
vent building were needed, but the architect, Mr. W. 
Schickel, succeeded in making an edifice answering all the 
purposes, and imposing exteriorly. 

The building contains seven large school-rooms, each 
of which will accommodate a hmidred pupils. The apart- 
ments are well lighted and tnoroughly ventilated ; nor 
are an}^ of the reqiiirements now requu-ed in furnishing 
a school neglected. 

The direction of the boys' school remained for a 
time in the hands of secular teachers, but Father Bona- 
ventura at last induced the Community of Teachers, 
known as the Brothers of Mary, having a mother house 
at Dayton, Ohio, to include this also in the number of 
schools under their charge. Thi-ee Brothers of this Com- 
munity are now engaged in the schools of the parisli, 
having one hundred and seventy-five boys under them. 
The girls' school is directed by the Sisters of St. Do- 
minic, who have a neat house adjoining the church. Their 
school contains one hundred and eighty girls. 




THE Rev. Father Bonaveiitura Frey was born June 
12, 1831, in the Canton of" Tliurgovia, Switzer- 

His education, begun at Einsiedlen, was completed at 
the Universities of Bonn and Tubing-en. Cod havino- 
called him to the ecclesiastical state, he proceeded to 
St. Call's Seminary, in Switzerland, which bears the name 
of one of Ireland's saints. Here, after that preparation 
of the mind and heart which the Church ordains for 
aspirants to the awful ministry, he was ordained, in May, 
1854, by Bishop Mirrer. 

After receiving priestly orders he was appointed to 
a parish in his native canton, and discharged his duties 
commendably until the year 1856, when he resolved to 
devote liimself to the American Mission. Having arri\ed 
in this country, he was received by Bisliop Henni, and 
appointed to St. Mary's Churcli in j\Iilwauke^. 

His mind had always turned to the religious state, 
and he felt called to devote his life to serve Cod in 
the reform of the Franciscan Order, known as the Friars 
Minor Capuchins. There was no community of this 


famous order in the country, but a pious Swiss Father 
was duly authorized to open a novitiate in Wisconsin. F. 
Bonaventura Frey and F. Fi-ancis Haas were the first 
to receive the habit and enter the novitiate. After pro- 
nouncing his vows he erected the convent of Mount 
Calvary, in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, in 1857. 
The community prospered, and Father Bonaventura, 
after laboring here several years, came to New York in 
1866, and had already erected a convent and church 
of Our Mother of Son-ows, in Pitt Street, before the 
Most Reverend Archbishop requested him to extend his 
zeal to St. John's. This brief sketch will show that he 
is a priest of more than ordinary merit, and one likely 
to render signal service to the Chm-ch. 



THE site of the magnificent new Cathedral Church 
of St. Patrick has been, almost from the com- 
mencement of the centmy, hallowed by the offering of 
the Lamb without spot in the Liturgy of the New Law. 

In the year 1810, the Jesuit Fathers, who had 
opened an academy opposite St. Patrick's Cathedral, re- 
moved it to a fine old mansion on the corner of Fifth 
Avenue and Fiftieth Street — a building- still standing-, 
and used as the parochial residence of the chm-ch whose 
history we noAv give. 

The New York Literary Institution had its chapel 
of St. Ignatius, in which Father Peter Malou, once the 
brIlUant general of the Belgians in their uprising against 
Austria to secure the freedom of their Church, and 
other Fathers of the Society of Jesus, offered tip the 
Holy Sacrifice. The chapel was thus tlie scene of their 
ministiy till tlie summer of 1813, when the position of 
the Society compelled the Jesuit Fathers to abandon 
then- project of establishing a college in New York. 

It was next temporarily occupied by Fathers of the 
Cistercian Order — Dom Augustine, Fathers Urban and 


Vincent seemed to have made the Chapel of St. Igna- 
tius theirs for some time. But early in 1815 these 
Trappist monks withdrew from New York, and the 
chapel, as well as all that portion of the island, was for 
years without the services of a priest. But the name 
of the old chapel and its invocation of the founder of 
the Society of Jesus remained. 

A quarter of a century passed, and tlie Catholics 
employed in the Deaf and Dumb Asylum, on Fifth 
Avenue, between Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Streets, and 
other Catholics near that institution appealed to the 
Riglit Reverend Bishop for some means of enabling them 
to hear mass. The chapel of St. Ignatius was again 
opened, in the venerable bviilding where Jesuit and Trap- 
pist had officiated so many years before. In 1840, the 
Rev. John Maginnis was appointed to organize the 
Catholics, and, if possible, erect a church for their ac- 
commodation. A Catholic congregation was organized, 
in the form then usual, with a board of trustees, ; nd a 
modest little frame edifice erected. It was dedicated on 
the ytli of May, 1841, at half-past ten in the morning, 
by the Rt. Rev. John Hughes, D.D., then ndministratoi- 
of the diocese. After the ceremonies a Solemn High 
Mass was ofi'ered, and the Bishop delivered a sermon 
adapted to the occasion. 

The congregation was feeble in numbers, and by no 
means wealthy, so that tickets of admission were issued 


to aid in reducing the debt incurred in the erection of 
the church. 

The Rev. Mr. Maginnis remained as pastor of St. 
John's till September, 1842, when he was succeeded 
by the Rev. Wilham Nightingale, an English clergyman, 
who labored for several years in the diocese. In April, 
1844, the Rev. Felix Larkin — whose brother, the cele- 
brated Jesuit Father, John Larkin, has left such a dis- 
tinguished reputation among us — undertook the direction 
of the cluu'ch. 

The old trustee system was in this parish bearing 
its bitter fruits. The trustees were the parties in power; 
bvit, even where filled with the best dispositions, were 
generally men whose time was taken up with their own 
business affairs, and who, consequently, could attend to 
the interests of the church only at intervals. The re- 
sult was an utter want of economy. A church would 
be begun beyond the means of the congregation, and 
often, where contractors brought influence to bear on the 
members of the board, built at a fearfully exagger- 
ated cost for every thing furnished. The trustees then 
found themselves face to face with a debt beyond their 
power to meet or manage. They could make no appeal 
to the congregation in the sacred name of religion. They 
possessed no such infliience as would touch the hearts 
of the generous. 

In their utter inefficiency, these bodies then tmiied 


to the priest placed by the bishop in the church, but 
it was no part really of his sacred calling to make 
himself a collector and money raiser for a board which 
expended the means of the church frequently against his 
judgment and his sound advice. St. John the Evange- 
list is an gxample of the result of tliis false position. 
The trustees were unable to derive enough from pew 
rents or the collections in the chm-ch to meet the ex- 
penses, or pay even the interest on the mortgage which 
covered the property. They had neither time nor abil- 
ity to go elsewhere and invoke aid. Even in the 
church itself, the faithful, notwithstanding the appeals of 
the successive clergymen, were loth to give money, 
when all that was given seemed hopelessly sunk. 

The holder of the mortgage, after waiting for years 
and seeing no hope of obtaining any payment whatever, 
finally foreclosed, and as no effort was made even then 
to obtain a loan elsewhere, or raise any part of the in- 
debtedness, the Church of St. John the Evangelist was 
sold at auction. 

It was the first time that such an affliction had be- 
fallen a Catholic church in the city, and it came like 
a death-knell on the whole body. It broke the heart of 
the pastor, who, not responsible for the position of 
affairs, and coming to the position when the disaster 
was irreti'ievable, had appealed in vain to his flock to 
save the church. He never recovered from the blow, 


wliich may be said to have terminated a long and use- 
ful ministry. 

The disOTaceful sale was a lesson. It showed that 


the trustee system was inherently wrong; that the bishop 
and his clergy alone could inspire the confidence which 
would induce the faithful to give of their mealis to erect 
and maintain the shrines of religion. 

The congregation was bereft of its chm-ch, which, 
standing there with closed doors, Avas a bitter reproach. 
To rescue the fair fame of the Catholic body, the Right 
Reverend Bishop sent to tlie parish a young and ener- 
getic priest, who was not to be appalled by difficulties, 
but rather enjoyed grappling with them. This was the 
Rev. Michael Currau, Jr. 

Coming to his work, he was free from all trustee 
interference. All devolved on himself personall}', and he 
was iintrammeled. The Chapel of St. Ignatius was again 
opened. The old college building had become the 
property of St. Patrick's Cathedi-al, St. Peter's Church 
liavinjj- sold its interest. In the large hall of this build- 
ing an altar was set up, and in this temporary chapel 
the congregation of St. John the Evangelist met, to hear 
mass and ajjproach the sacraments, for about a year. 
Meanwhile their young priest was collecting far and 
near, appealing to the charity and religious feeling of 
every benevolent Catholic. It was not a time when such 
a collection was an easy matter; it was the day when 


the terrible famine in Ireland was desolating the country, 
and all who loved that ill-fated land felt as if every 
cent that they could give must be devoted to the relief 
of that starving nation, where satanic proselytizers \vere 
endeavoring to lure the famishing from their faith by 
the offer of bread. 

Yet the Rev. Mr. Cm-ran succeeded; although, as often 
happens, the purchasers of the church, seeing the desire 
to regain it, more than once raised the price, the priest 
went steadily on. He paid the amount demanded, and 
b}- the direction of the bishop took the deed of the 
property in his own name till other arrangements were 
made. Recently, in one of those periodical revivals of 
the old falsehood that the new cathedral property was 
given to the Cathohcs by the city, allusion was made to 
the deed subsequently made by the Rev. Mr. Cm-ran, 
reminding this generation of his noble work thirty years 
ago, in recovering, by his personal exertions, a Catholic 
cluu-ch which had been swept away from us. 

Two years' pastorship enabled him to place the 
Cluu-ch of St. John the Evangelist on a solid footing, 
and open to it a time of prosperity. In May, 1850, he 
was transferred to another field, and the present pastor. 
Rev. James McMahon, was appointed. Some money had 
been borrowed on bond and mortgage; but the new 
pastor, with means of his own, at once discharged this 
incumbrance and soon paid off all other debts, leavin<>- 


his little clim-cli entirely free. The parish was at this 
time very extensive, embracing from Thirtieth to Eighty- 
sixth Street on the East River, and from Fortieth to 
Eighty-sixth Street west of Broadway, and including also 
Blackwell's Island. 

The increase of the Catholic body in this large dis- 
trict was soon felt. In the autumn of 1853, this and 
the projected erection of a new cathedi-al on the block 
called for action. It was resolved to purchase the pres- 
ent site and remove the chm-ch to it, building a high 
basement for school purposes. Five hundred dollars were 
subscribed at the first meeting, to begin the necessary 
work. The transfer was soon completed, and the church, 
thus renovated and restored, served the pm-poses of the 
parishioners for a time ; but a few years later an addition, 
forty feet by ninety, was erected, making the edifice 
ninety feet in width by one hundi-ed and forty in depth, 
and costing in all fifteen thousand dollars. The old 
pastoral residence, so venerable for its associations, was 
at the same time removed from the cathedral gromids 
to its present site. 

Meanwhile a fine organ had been built in the chm-ch, 
embracing many improvements which were the invention 
of the reverend pastor. The merit of the instrument 
was so great that it was resolved to transfer it to the 
new cathedi-al. Its value was thirty thousand dollars. 

As the city grew rapidly around the spot, other 


churches were founded, di-awing off part of the ct>ngre- 
gation, and reducing greatly the Hmits of the parish of 
St. John the Evangehst. 

On the 10th of January, 1871, a disaster befell the 
church. Like the chui'ch dedicated to the Holy Precursor 
of our Lord, St. John the Baptist, the- church dedicated 
to the beloved apostle, St. John the Evangelist, fell a vic- 
tim to the flames. The fire originated in the sanctuary, 
but could not be explained. The timbers being old and 
di"y, the devouring element spread rapidly, and the 
church was burned to the ground. The organ, the 
pride of the pastor, and his labor for years, perished; 
nor was it possible to save even the vestments and 
paintings in the chm-ch, while the insurance was incon- 
siderable compared to the loss sustained. Undaunted by 
this disaster, the Rev. Mr. ]\IcMahon set to work to re- 
build St. John the Evangelist, on Fiftieth Street and 
Madison Avenue. At a meeting of the parishioners, ten 
thousand dollars were subscribed. In a few months, a 
new and substantial brick church was erected, with fire- 
proof walls and slate I'oof, capable of seating twelve 
hundred comfortably. It was supplied with a new or- 
gan of greater strength and more perfect tone than the 
lost one. In November, the Jesuit Fatlier Damen and 
his associates gave a mission in this church, at which 
more than ten thousand approached the saci'aments. As 

the present clim'ch will not be needed when the new 


cathedral opens, it was erected with a view to its be- 
ing transformed hereafter into a parochial school for boys. 
There is now here a girls' school, under the direction of 
the Sisters of Charity, which numbers no fewer than 
seven hundred pupils. To afford opportunity to those 
who desire a liigher grade of teaching, the Sisters of 
Mercy from Houston Street, a few years since opened, 
at 128 East Fifty -fom-th Street, St. John's Academy of 
Our Lady of Mercy, which has been singularly success- 
ful in its results, and is attended by about one hun- 
di'ed young ladies. 

Among the societies attached to the church are the 
Society of the Holy Family, a Temperance Society, a 
Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and 
a Circle of the Catholic Union, with Altar and Rosary 
societies, and sodalities for older and younger members. 

The assistants of the Rev. Mr. McMahon are the 
Rev. Michael Callahan, a native of Cavan, Ireland, edu- 
cated at St. Francis Xavier's College and St. Joseph's 
Seminary ; the Rev. Thomas A. j\IcCabe, a native of 
New York, who went from the same college to the 
Seminary of Our Ladies of the Angels ; and the Rev. 
C. T. Donovan, a native of Ireland, who completed liis 
divinity course at the Provincial Seminary, Troy. 

The church in New York dedicated to the beloved 
Apostle and Evangelist, St. John, is, as we have seen, 
in time to become a school. The name of the chapel of 


St. Ignatius and of tlie Church of St. Jolm will doubt- 
less be preserved among the chapels in the new cathe- 
dral to continue the protection of those gi-eat saints in- 
voked on the spot, upon all who there offer up theu- 
prayers to God. 

St. John — Apostle, Evangelist, Prophet of the New 
Law, nearest to the heart of our Blessed Lord, on 
which he reclined at the Last Supper — is represented 
among tlie Evangelists by the eagle, to note the sub- 
limity of his doctrine. He might be typified by the dove 
or by a flaming heart, to show how his heart burned 
with love for Grod and for all men. Love of God above 
all things, and of our neighbor for God's sake, breathes 
from every line of his epistles. 

St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus, who 
was so providentially raised up by God to check the 
com-se of the Reformation — whose order sent Maryland 
her first missionaries, and so long kept alive the faith 
in colonial times — gave New York her first missionary, 
her first martyr, her first resident priests. And her first 
college should not be forgotten in the new cathedral, where 
his chapel once stood. 








Bowe, Patrick. 
Boyce, James. 
Boyle, John J. 
Branique, Margaret. 
Broun, Johiv 
Buckley, Dennis, Mrs. 
Burlinson, William. 
Cahill, Thomas. 
Canavan. John. 
Carey, Thomas. 
Cary, John G. 
Casey, J. 
Cavanagh, Ellen. 
Chrystal, Peter. 
Collins, John. 
Collins, P. 
Conlon, John. 
Cooney, John W. 
Curran, Peter. 
Daly, Elizabeth, Mrs. 
Daly, Martin. 
Daylon, Patrick. 
Denning, Philip. 
Devine, Michael. 
Donohne, Catharine,Mrs. 
Donohue, Philip. 
Doran, Charles J. 
Dowd, James. 
Duffy, Solomon. 
Dugan, Francis. 
Duggan, J. A. 
Dunn, James H. 
Dunn, John. 
Earle, Eugene M., Mrs. 
Elliott, Estelle. 
Falihee, Michael. 
Fallon, William. 
Farley, John. 
Farrell, Edward. 
Filann. Stephen, 
Fitzgerald, William. 
Fitzgerald, Catharine, Mrs. 
P'itzpatrick, Philip. 
Fitzsimmons, Owen. 
Flaherty, Michael. 
Fleherty, Patrick. 
Galligan, Bernard. 
Galvin, James T. 

Geoghegan, James. 

Gibney, Patrick. 

Gilmartin, Thomas. 

Green, Martin. 

Griffin, James, Mrs. 

Hafe, ^Iargaret, Mrs. 

Hanegan, 'I'homas. 

Hanlon, Marcus, Mrs. 

Harris, Andrew. 

Healy, Charles. 

Hennessey, Arthur J. 

Hennessey, Michael. 

Hoctor, John. 

Hogan, Michael. 

Hughes, Patrick J. 

Irwin, Michael J. 
Jordan, Margaret. 

Kain, John. 
Kane, Michael. 
Kearney, James. 
Kelly, Eugene. 
Kelley, P. 
Kells, Jeremiah. 
Kerrigan, Thomas. 
Kipp, Margaret A. 
Leahy, Thomas. 
Lenihan, John. 
Loonie, Dennis. 
Lynch, Cornelius. 
McCarthy, Michael. 
McEntee, James. 
McGrane, Thomas. 
McGuire, John T. 
McICeon, Annie. 
McKinley, John W. 
McLaughlin, Margaret. 
McLoughlin, Thomas. 
McManus, Thomas. 
McNally, Matthew. 
McSorley, John. 
Macguire, Constantine J. 
Madden, Thomas. 
M.ahon, Patrick. 
Mahony, Dennis J. 
Malone, \^'il!iam. 
Marren, Joseph. 
Martin, James. 
Mason, Frank. 

Matthews, Peter. 

May, Dominick. 

Meehan, Margaret. 

Meehan, Patrick C. 

MoUoy, John. 

Malcahey, M. J. 

Mulligan, James. 

Mulvihill, James. 

Murphy, James. 

Murphy, James T. 

Murphy, John. 

Murray, Slatthew. 

Murray, Michael. 

Nesraith, John P., Mrs. 
Neumann, Francis A. 

O'Brian, Charles. 

O'Brien, John E. 

O'Brien, Patrick. 

O'Conner, Bernard. 

O'Connor, J. 

O'Connor, Thomas. 

O'Donohue, J. J. 

O'Donovan, Jeremiah. 

O'Meara, Catharine F., Mrs. 

O'Rourke, Feli,\. 

Plunkett, John, Mrs. 

Quinlan, John. 

Raab, John H. 

Regan, David, Mrs. 

Reidy, Edmund. 

Reilly, James. 

Reynolds, John F. 

Riley, Edward. 

Roche, James. 

Roche, John. 

Savney, Philip. 

Seery. Bernard. 

Shaw, Patrick. 

Skelly, Thomas. 

Smith, James. 

Smith, Philip. 

Smith, W. J. 

Sweeney, Edward. 

Weeks, Tirus, 

Wheeler, Thomas. 

White, Michael. 

Wilson, James. 





THE Rev. James McMalion was born in Ireland, 
and was educated at Jlaynootli, where his 
nncle was for several years President. The yoiuig can- 
didate for the priesthood distinguished himself by the 
depth and solidity of his studies; and after his ordina- 
tion he proceeded to the Seminary of St. Sulpice, Paris, in 
order to pm-sue still further the theological studies to 
which he was attached. From the seminary in Paris he 
proceeded to the institution of that learned body in Mon- 
treal; but in 1843 came to New York, where he was 
appointed by Bishop Hughes assistant at St. Mary's 
Church, while the Very Rev. William Starrs was pastor. 
He remained here till he was appointed parish priest of 
St. John the Evangelist, and was greatly regretted by 
the faithful at St. Mary's. 

In the parish with which he has been so long iden- 
tified he is greatly resjiected. The poor have ever found 
in him a kind and generous friend. In his ministry 
he has been pious, devoted, and imwearied, while his man- 
agement of afiairs has been judicious, inspiring ever}- 


confidence, so that the faithful are ever ready to co- 
operate in any good work. 

He is a Hebrew and BibUcal scholar of remarkable 
ability. He published in 1848 what may be regarded 
as an entirely new version of the New Testament, based 
indeed on Challoner's revision of the old Douay, but in 
which he brought to bear the results of his years of special 
study. He also edited, with many evidences of his crit- 
ical ability, the Haydock Bible, issued by Edward Dmii- 
gan & Brother, and now 2Dublished by Thomas Kelly 
of this city. His Testament is now issued by Kelly, 
Piet & Co., of Baltimore. 

In music he is a great proficient; not only h\\\y 
versed in all the best ecclesiastical masters, but is also 
skillful in the manufacture of musical instruments. Cluu'ch 
organs have been his especial study, and the improve- 
ments introduced by him have been many and import- 
ant; though, as we have seen, the first great work of 
his skill perished in the fire that laid St. John's in 





BISHOP DU BOIS, in the impulse which he gave 
to the needed church extension in his epis- 
copal city, showed his devotion to the Holy Family by 
dedicating the first churches to Jesus, Mary, and Jo- 
seph. The edifice in Ann Sti-eet already bore the 
name of our Blessed Lord ; that in Sheriff Street re- 
ceived that of liis holy ]\[otlier Immaculate ; a third was 
to bear the name of Joseph, the foster father of our 
Saviour, the princely but humble descendant of David. 
Green-wich Village was then an outlying suburb of 
the settled part of New York, reached by a pleasant 
road that ran off from Broadway towards the North River. 
There were Catholics here in sufficient number to form a 
congregation, bvit no means had been taken to supply theii" 
want or to rouse them to act; though the Orangemen, in 
1824, had managed to create a riot here for which several 
were punished. " I have been unable," wrote this Right 
Reverend Bishop, in March 1830, " to procure means to 
build a chiu-ch in one of the suburbs, where the Cath- 
olic population is very considerable, and too far- from 
other chm-ches for them to attend. I have accordingly 


been obliged to hire, for two hundred dollars a year, a 
very large hall, which can hold seven or eight hundred 
persons. It is another burden that falls entirely on me, 
poor as I am." 

In this hall, situated on Grove Street, the Catholics 
of the " village " Avere organized under the law, the 
trustees of the new Church of St. Joseph being Eugene 
Cummiskey, John Devlin, Andrew Leary, Joseph Lamb, 
and Patrick Kinsala, and preparations made to erect a 
church. Bishop Du Bois confided the task to the Rev. 
James Cummiskey, and early in the year 1833, lots were 
purchased in the name of the new corporation, on the 
corner of Sixth Avenue and BaiTow Street. Here, on 
the tenth of June, 1833, the corner-stone of St. Joseph's 
Church was laid, with all the ceremonies, rejoicing the 
hearts of the Catholic body, as St. Maiy's had been 
dedicated only the day before. The erection of the 
church was then begun. There were some devoted and 
zealous Catholics ready to contribute, but there were 
some actuated by a Avretched spirit of mischief ; and 
even in what was considered the Catholic paper, there 
appeared a communication of the most insiilting charac- 
ter addressed to the venerable and devoted Bishop, who 
was doing all in his power to afford the Catholics of 
that portion of his diocese the opportimity of fulfilling 
their sacred obligations. 

The trustees promptly ansAvered the wretched slan- 


derer, sustaining the Bishop and the clergyman appointed 
by him. 

The church was well advanced, as we find, in the 
Catholic paper of October 5th, the following advertise- 
ment, which will seem curious to the pi'esent generation 
of Catholics : — 

" St. Joseph's Church. — The trustees respectfully in- 
■sate the friends of this church to the ceremony of what is 
generally called the Raishtg, which will take place at 
tlu-ee o'clock tliis afternoon, under the direction of Mr. 
James Dempsey, master carpenter. 

" By order, 

" Joseph Lamb, Sec'y." 

The church Avas completed, early in 1834, sufficiently 
to admit of its being dedicated to the service of God ; 
]\Ir. John Doran being the architect; Dempsey, Dougherty, 
and Foley, the builders. The solemn ceremony took 
place on Sunday, the 16th of March. 

Catholics looked to the new church -NAith pride. It 
was, next to the cathedral, the largest church they yet 
had in the great City of New York. It contained two 
hundi-ed and seventy pews, and had galleries with seats 
so arranged that all fronted the altar. The ceiling was 
paneled, and decorated in artistic style, with festoons of 
flowers and vines, while the altar was something wonder- 
ful for its time, and described as a " costly and superb 
specimen of Italian workmanship." 


The scene within the sanctuary, when tlie office for 
the dedication of a churcli was performed, was one 
worthy of being commemorated by an liistoric painting. 
From the sacristy came forth the procession, led by 
acolytes, followed by the clergy and the Right Reverend 
Bishop, and when the Pontifical High Mass followed, 
there stood at the altar the venerable Bishop Du Bois, 
founder of Mount St. Mary's ; in the robes of a deacon, 
the Rev. Wm. Quarter, who was to die Bishop of Chi- 
cago ; and in the tunic of a subdeacon, the Rev. John 
McCloskey, future Bishop, Archbishop, and America's first 
Cardinal ; while among the clergy present in sm-plice 
and cassock was the erect form and commanding counte- 
nance of the Rev. John Hughes of Philadelphia, who, 
as successor of the officiating prelate, was to make his 
name known tlu'oughout the world. 

The other priests noted as present that day are 
known among those who lived to be veterans in the 
aiTxiy of the Lord — the Rev. J. A. Sclmeller, who acted 
as master of ceremonies, the Rev. J. Cummiskey, first 
pastor of St. Joseph's; the Rev. John Kelly, Rev. Jolm 

The sermon was preached by the Rev. Charles C. 
Pise, D.I)., taking as liis text the words of II. Paralipome- 
non, vii. 16 : "I have chosen and have sanctified this 
place, that my name may be there forever, and my eyes 
and my heart may remain there peqietually." The ser- 


mon, full of beauties of style and eloquent movement, 
showed the perpetuity and unchang-eability of religion ; its 
perfection under Jesus Christ, who confeiTed on it that 
grace which, of all possible institutions, is the most per- 
fect and sublime. He drew the history of the church 
and her altars founded on the rock. " This rock, on 
which her foundations were laid in the beginning, has 
not yielded, in the least, to the fury of the waves, 
but still dashes back, as it ever did, the foam of ages 
and the tempest's wrath. Like some high and solitary 
beacon shedding an undying light upon the waste of 
waters, the Church rears her heaven-lit head over the 
desolation of the past and the changes of the present, 
to remain in her grand and solitary position, beaming 
down on time the light of eternity." 

The collection with the money received for tickets 
amounted to fifteen hundred dollars — a large sum for 
New York nearly fifty years ago. 

Almost contemporaneous with the erection of St. 
Joseph's, the good bishop began, in the same district, 
an excellent charity, the Half Orphan Asylum. It was 
incorporated May 2, 1835, as the Asylum for the Re- 
lief of the Children of Poor AVidowers and Widows. It 
was placed under the care of the Sisters of Charity, 
and it was hoped that the surviving parent would con- 
tribute sufficient to enable the asylum to tlirive, with a 
little assistance from the various congregations; but it 


soon proved that the revenue from this sonrce was very 
trifling. For years the Easter collection in all the 
chui-ches went to the support of this Asylum, but it 
was sustained mainly by the generosity of a few de- 
voted Catholics, chiefly members of St. Joseph's congre- 
gation. By an act passed April 13th, 1852, the Orphan 
and Half Orphan Asylums were united, and the building 
used by the latter became St. Vincent's Hospital. 

The parish of St. Joseph was very large. It ex- 
tended for many years from Canal Street to Twentieth 
Street, west of Broadway, entailing severe labor on the 
clergyman, especiall}' in the visitation of the sick. The 
church had scarcely been opened when the cholera for 
the second time swept over New York, with less deadly 
effect than in 1832, but still carrying off thousands of 

The Rev. Mr. Cummiskey, with the other clergymen 
of the city, showed the utmost devotedness in this 
period. He did not remain, however, long in charge of 
the parish, being succeeded before the close of the year 
by the Rev. Dr. Charles Constantine Pise, who remained 
at St. Joseph's for about two years. He was a native 
of Maryland, a brilliant writer and orator, of elegant 
and attractive manners. He was one of the earliest in 
this country to attempt to diff'use among Catholics a class 
of lighter and more attractive literature, in which the 
doctrines and practices of the Church were defended or 


correctly represented. His poetry was also of a high 
order, based on the purest models. With Dr. Varela he 
was for several years editor of the Catholic Expositor, 
and frequently contributed to other Catholic periodicals. 
After leaving St. Joseph's he was for many years at St. 
Peter's, and then founded the Church of St. Charles Bor- 
romeo, Brooklyn, where he died. 

During Dr. Pise's incumbency, the chm-ch was com- 
pleted and some improvements made, and a fine fresco 
of the Transfigiu-ation, after Raphael, was painted as the 
altar-piece. A sacred oratorio was given in October, 1835, 
to meet the expense of these ameliorations. Dr. Pise was 
active in exertions, by lectures, sermons, and fairs, in be- 
half of the Half Orphan Asylum, then on Sixth Avenue, 
and containing a hundred children. 

In 1838, the Right Rev. Bishop Hughes appointed 
to St. Joseph's the Rev. John McCloskey, who brought 
to this pastoral charge all his learning and experience, as 
well as those personal gifts which endear him to all. He 
remained the revered pastor till the opening of St. John's 
College, Fordham, in 1841, when he became the first presi- 
dent and real founder of that institution, giving it from 
the outset the high character it has always maintained. 
Dm-ing his presidency of the college he continued to 
discharge his duties at St. Joseph's, and when Dr. Man- 
ahan became president of St. John's, the Rev. Mr. Mc- 
Closkey, to the delight of the parish, was again wholly 


theirs. He was assisted successively by the Rev. B. 
Carraher, the Rev. D. W. Bacon, afterwards Bishop of 
Porthind, and the Rev. J. P. Biu-ke. 

The Rev. Mr. McCan-on was an energetic priest, 
highly esteemed by Archbishop Hughes, who, in time, 
made him archdeacon of the diocese. He was un- 
wearied in attending to his duties, and always ready to 
hasten to the couch of the sick, in the most inclement 
weather and at the most distant points of his parish. 
Large as it was, and scattered as his flock, not a Catho- 
lic died without the sacrament.^ tlu-ough any remissness 
or neglect on his part. He was as devoted in the con- 
fessional, and at all the offices of the Church. 

As soon as he had introduced system into the af- 
fairs of the diocese, he set himself heart and soul to 
establish parochial schools for the young of both sexes, 
in order to secm-e them that training in the faith which 
can alone save them from the allurements of vice, often 
insidiously masked under the disguise of proselyting 

Eai-ly in 1855, by his unweared exertions, he com- 
pleted a school building on Leroy Street, which Catho- 
lics then justly regarded as magnificent. It was opened 
on the 16tli of April. The boys were under the care 
of Brothers of the Christian Schools, and soon numbered 
four hundi-ed and fifty. Three Sisters of Charity as- 
siuned the direction of the four hundred girls who were 


sent to receive an education at their hand^ under tlie 
patronage of the foster father of oiu- Lord. He did 
not stop here. The next year the Sisters of Charity 
opened on Sixth Avenue an acadeiu}-, which to this day 
has enjoyed the highest ])opularity, and trained many 
young ladies most creditably. 

From 1845 to 1849, the Rev. Mr. McCarron was 
assisted by the Rev. William Quinn, now for many 
years the distinguished Vicar General of the diocese, 
who, at the bier of the pastor of St. Joseph's, paid an 
eloquent tribute to his worth. Among other cm'ates may 
be named the Rev. William Everett, so long identified 
with the Church of the Nativity, and the Rev. Jerome 
Nobriga, who, placed in St. Joseph's by Bishop Hughes 
in 1849, is still, after neai'ly thirty years' parochial work, 
laboring in the same parish. 

After ten years' ser\-ice at St. Joseph's, the Rev. 
Mr. I\IcCarron was transferred to St. Mary's, and died 
pastor of that church, February 23, 1867. 

He was succeeded at St. Joseph's Chui-ch by the 
present parish priest, the Rev. Thomas Fan-ell, under 
whose able management the church has prospered won- 
derfully. Dm-ing his long pastoral relation of more than 
twenty-two years, he has had, among other cm-ates, be- 
sides the venerable Mr. Nobriga, the Rev. E. Maguire, 
Rev. Hugh T. Brad)-, Rev. P. McSweeny, Rev. Reuben 
Parsons, Rev. James O'Leary, Rev. E. A. Dmiphy, Rev. 


John P. ]\rcClancy, Rev. John J. Duffy, Rev. John Fitz- 
harris, and his present capable assistants, Rev. J. B. Salter 
and Rev. J. J. McCauley. 

Among incidents worthy of note was the administer- 
ing of the Holy Sacrament of Confii-matlon, on the 23d 
of May, 1861, by the Bishop of Guadalajara, Mexico, 
then banished from his see, who was thus enabled to 
judge, b}- the order and regularity in the services of 
the chm-ch and the number of both sexes who approached 
the sacraments, how real was the progress of the faith 
in the United States. 

Although the chm-ches of St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. 
Anthony of Padua, St. Bernard, and St. Francis Xavier, 
have all been erected within the bounds of the parish 
of St. Joseph as it existed a few years ago, the congre- 
gation is still a very large one, and the church can 
barely, by the numei'ous services on Sundays and holi- 
days, enable the faithful to hear mass. The Catholic 
population of the parish is estimated at fifteen thousand, 
while the church can at most hold two thousand. The 
academy and schools maintain their efficiency, and by 
the number of pupils show that the flock is a large 
one ; there being nearly a thousand children in the pa- 
rochial schools. 

The piety of the faithful is kept alive by various 

sodalities and pious associations, while the Temperance 

Society has been the instrument of much good. 


Roll of H 




Anderson, Patrick. 

Fenlay, Michael. 

McCosker, T. 

Bailey, John H. 

Floyd, James R. 

McCray, William. 

T5ain, Thomas. 

Francis, Robert. 

McGinn, John. 

Baker, Wilham H. 

Frank, Augustus A. 

McGinnity, Dennis., John. 

Gumbleton, Henry A. 

McGovern, Thomas, Mrs. 

Berenholtz, George N. 

Haight, Ann, Mrs. 

McHugh, John. 

Bergen, WilHam. 

Halloway, John. 

McKenna, Patrick. 

Bourke, Godfrey R. 

Hand, John. 

McLaughlin, .\nn. 

Brady, Edward. 

Harney, William. 

McParten, J. G. 

Brennan, William. 

Harrigan, Edward. 

MacKane, John. 

Brett, Joseph William. 

Hart, Martin. 

Maher, Murtha J. 

Burgess, Mary X., Mrs. 

Hayes, Patrick, Mrs. 

Mohan, Bernard. 

Burns, John. 

Hayward, Robert, Mrs. 

Mahon, N. P. 

Byrne, Michael. 

Healy, Nicholas. 

Monahan, Thomas. 

Cantwell, John, Mrs. 

Holmes, James. 

Moore, Elizabeth. 

Carney, Jame. . 

Howe, George P. 

Morange, Martina, Mrs. 

Carraher, T. 

Kane, John. 

Mount, D. Mrs. 

Carroll, James. 

Keane, John. 

Murphy, John. 

Cassin, Catharine, Mrs. 

Kearney, H. 

Murphy, M., Mrs. 

Cavanagh, John, Mrs. 

Keenan, John. 

Murray, Frank, 

Clark, Bernard. 

Kelly, James. 

Norris, John, Mrs. 

Clarke, John. 

Kelly, P. 

O'LIara, John. 

Condon, Edward. 

Kelly, Thomas. 

O'Neil, D. Edwin. 

Conlon, James, Mrs. 

Kennedy, Arthur J. 

O'Neil, James. 

Cosgrove, John. 

Kennedy, Thomas E. 

O'JSfeil, Lawrence, Mrs. 

Conville, I'homas. 

Kenney, Bartholomew F. 

Quigley. John. 

Coonan, Thomas. 

Kernan, J. A. 

Quigley, Thomas. 

Corbett, James. 

Killeen, Edward. 

Quinn, Peter. 

Coughlan, Michael. 

King, Hugh. 

Rafferty, Patrick. 

Coyle, D. E. 

Laden, John. 

Redmond, Mary T., Mrs. 

Cronin, John. 

Lee, John. 

Scott, John. 

Dailey, Margaret E., Mrs. 

Leonard. John. 

Scully, John S. 

Dolan, John. 

Logue, Patrick. 

Severance, Joseph H., Mrs 

Donnelly, M. 

Lynch, James. 

Sheil, Patrick. 

Dougherty, Michael F. 

Lynch, John. 

Skelly. Patrick. 

Driscoll, James. 

McCarthy, John C. 

Sterritt, William. 

Ennis, Louisa J., Mrs. 

McC.arvill, John. 

Walker, William H. 

Farrell, William. 

McConnell, John J. 

Walsh, George. 

Fay, James. 

Finnell, Thomas C. 

Walsh, Thomas F. 




THE Rev. Thomas Fairell, who has for more than 
twenty years been the spiritual guide and father 
t)f the flock gathered under the invocation of the Patron 
of the Universal Church, is a native of Ireland. 

He was born in the County Longford in 1823, and 
came to this country in childhood. After studying the 
rudiments in local schools, he entered the College of 
Mount St. Mary's, at Emmettsburg, and was graduated in 
that institution. At the close of his theological covu-se in 
the seminary connected with the college, he was ordained 
priest some time in the year 1847. 

The next year, having joined the Diocese of New 
York, he was appointed chaplain to the mother house of 
the Sisters of Charity at Momit St. Vincent, and minis- 
tered in the beautiful chapel still standing within the 
limits of the Central Park. He was soon after associated 
with the Rev. Richard Kein as one of the assistant 
priests at St. Bridget's Church. 

At the close of the year 1852, the Right Rev. Bishop 
Hughes, satisfied with the ability and zeal he had dis- 


played, apjiointed liim pastor of St, Paul's Church, Har- 
lem, aud he remained in charge of that church till the 
year 1864. He was then called to the more important 
city parish of St. Mary's, which he directed till his 
appointment as pastor of St. Joseph's, in 1857. 

His career in tliis parish has been one in which he 
has won the esteem of the people confided to his care, 
as an earnest, pious, solid priest. Among liis fellow 
priests he is esteemed as one of clear and vigorous 
mind, a wise comisellor in diificulty. 

The Rev. Mr. Fai-rell was one of those who took a 
deep interest in the late Orestes A. Brownson. When 
circumstances compelled that illustrious convert to stop 
the publication of the Review, which had done such ser- 
vice to the cause of truth from the time of his conver- 
sion to the faith, the Rev. Mr. Farrell, with the late 
Rev. Dr. Cummings and others, raised a fund and pm-- 
chased an annuity for the great Catholic philosopher. 



ALTHOUGH a Catholic chm-ch at Yorkville had 
afforded Catholics for some years the opportu- 
nity of taking part in the Holy Sacrifice and approach- 
ing the sacraments, still, as the number of German 
Catholics increased, they began to thinlc of forming a 
congregation by themselves. 

The right reverend Fathers of Third Sti'eet freely 
permitted mass to be said in the asylum for the Cathohcs 
of their nationality. For some years, the Rev. Theresius 
S. GezoAvsky attended this little flock withovit being able 
to obtain such aid as would justify conunencing to build 
a chiu'ch. 

The congregation had, however, grown so rapidly 
that the most influential German Catholics of Yorkville 
thought of having a church of their own. They called 
on Father Bapst, the late provincial of the Jesuit Fathers 
of New York, and begged of him to give them a priest 

■ CHURCH OF yr. JOSEPH. 455 

of the Society of Jesus for commencing the work. As 
otlier religious orders were administering to the German 
CathoHcs in New York^ it was only becoming that the 
society to which the pioneer priest — ^the German Jesuit, 
Father Farmer — belonged, should also labor in the 
same field. In consequence, the Reverend Father Bapst 
acceded to their request, and, with the pennission of his 
Eminence, the Rev. Joseph Durthaller, an experienced 
priest, was selected for the new parochial duties. He con- 
tmued to occupy wnth his flock the Asylum chapel while 
he erected a new church which took the same name, 
that of the Universal Patron of the Catholic Church. 
Five lots of groimd on Eighty-seventh Street were pur- 
chased of Mr. S. Hillebrand, and on this spot the erec- 
tion of a fine brick church was begun, in 1873, 
under the supervision of L. O'Connor, Esq., architect. It 
was completed early in the following year. The new 
Chm-ch of St. Joseph, forty-six feet in front by ninety- 
six in depth, was dedicated by the Most Reverend 
Ai-chbishop McCloskey on the 26th of April, 1874. Af- 
ter the edifice had, by lioly rite and prayer, been set 
apart to God's service, a High Mass was offered by the 
Rev. William Gockeln, S.J., President of St. John's 
College, Fordham, and a sermon was preached on the 
happy occasion by the Rev. Joseph Wirth, C.SS.R., of 
the Chm-ch of the Most Holy Redeemer. 

Annexed to the church is an office and a parochial 


residence, erected at the same time as St. Joseph's, the 
whole costing about forty-eiglit thousand dollars. 

The church contains a hundred and foiu- 2:)ews, and 
will accommodate about a thousand persons. It has been 
well attended, not only by Germans but by other Catho- 
lics in the vicinity, and promises, in a few years, under 
zealous care, to become a fervent and tlu'iving parish, as 
the number steadily increases. 

In 1877, there were in this church one hmidred and 
eighty-nine baptisms and sixteen marriages. 

The reverend pastor is assisted by two other Fathers 
of his order, the Rev. John Hackspiel, S.J., and the Rev. 
G. Frederici, S.J. To encourage piety in their flock, they 
have established a benevolent society for men, an Altar 
Society, and three sodalities — one for married women, 
one for young men, and one for yovmg women. 

Fathers of the Society of Jesus cannot be indifferent 
to the cause of Catholic education. A school was at 
once organized in the parish, and, till a suitable building 
can be erected, the pupils, now numbering one hundi-ed 
and sixty, tlu-ough the kindness of the Redemptorist 
Fathers, attend the school at the Orphan Asylum under 
their charge, in Eighty-ninth Street. The new school- 
house is to be erected in 1879. 

Besides the duties connected with the parish, the 
Fathers at St. Joseph's attend the House of the Good 
Shepherd, Ninetieth Street and East River. This noble 


institution was established in 1857, at 191 East Four- 
teenth Street, by the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady 
of the Good Shepherd, and was subsequently removed to 
its present location. Its object is the reformation of pen- 
itent women, who desire to leave a life of sin. For 
those who, entering themselves, wish, with God's grace, 
to remain away from the world and its temptations, there 
is connected with the Convent of the Sisters a Magdalen 
House of Reformed Penitents, under the rule of the 
Third Order of St. Teresa. This extensive establishment 
contains, in the Convent of the Good Shepherd, thirty- 
four professed choir sisters, and sixty-two others belong- 
ing to the community ; seventy-one of the Order of St. 
Teresa, governed by the Sisters of the Good Shejjherd, 
and thi'ee hundred and fifty-eight voluntary penitents and 







Ahans, H. 

Hesse, Joseph. 

Amend, Barbara. 

Hertel, Francis. 

Amend, Eliza. 

Hillenbrand, F. 

Baab, George. 

Kert, E. 

Baab, Henry. 

Lanz, Frederick L. 

Baab, Peter. 

Leininger, Adam. 

Berman, Jacob. 

Ludwig, A. 

Bolender, Charles. 

Meixel, Ignatius. 

Clemens, C. 

Realan<ler, Anton. 

Deckelman, \Villiam 

Rebman, Josephine, Mrs. 

Ebel, Sebastian. 

Repp, Charles. 

Eichorn, Joseph. 

Ruppert, J., Mrs. 

Ehret, George. 

Schappert, John. 

Elfring, Bernard. 

Schmidt, Charles. 

Fmike, Francis. 

Sommcr, Henry. 

Geiger, F. 

Stein, F. 

Gobel, Gustav. 

Stoiber, Jacol). 

Henning, Mary M., 


Warrman, Robert. 

Herbold, Herman. 

Weiss, Fridolin. 

Herold, Julius. 

Wetzel, Stephen. 


', Martin. 




THE pastor of St. Joseph's Cluircli is one wlio lias 
]al:)ored, in various parts of the State, in the 
ministry, and in the great work of Clii'istian education. 

He was born on the 28th of November, 181 D, at 
Altkirch, then in the department of Haut Rhin, France, 
in that Alsace which Bourbons won and Bonapartes lost. 
Devoting himself to the service of God, he entered a 
seminary, and was ordained at Strasbourg by Mgr. Roess, 
Bishop of that city, on the eve of Christmas day, in 
the year 1843. His first year of priesthood was spent 
as one of the teachers in an admirable academy, the 
Institut de la Toussaint, established at Strasbourg by the 
Abbe Bautain ; but as he felt himself called to a relig- 
ioiis life, he entered the Society of Jesus, October 13th, 
1844. He was soon after sent to the American Mission, 
arriving in New York in May, 1849. His first year 
was spent among the Iroquois Indians, at Caughnawa- 
ga, near the Sault St. Louis, above Montreal. He was 
then successively at St. Mary's College, IMontreal, and at 


In New York he was attached to the College of 
St. Francis Xavier, and held the responsible position of 
president of that institution from 1860 to 1863. Dimng 
his continuance in office, finding the old college insuffi- 
cient for the wants of the students, he projected a new 
and finer structure, and erected the large eastern portion 
of the new college. Having been afterwards sent to 
Buffalo, to take charge of a German congregation, he 
erected St Michael's, one of the most splendid churches 
in that city. 

His labors at St. Joseph's appear in om* sketch of 
that church, and need not be repeated. 





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BOUT the year 1859, the need of another church 
was felt at Manhattan\'ille, and a priest was as- 
signed to minister to the German CathoHcs in thnt disti'ict. 

The Ladies of the Sacred Heart kindly granted the 
use of a little chajDel on their extensive and beautiful 
grounds, and in this for a time the new congregation, 
placing itself under the patronage of the glorious patri- 
arch St. Joseph, enjoyed all the ministrations of their 

When the little society felt able to undertake the 
work of erecting a chiu'ch, foiu' lots of ground were 
pm'chased, in 1860, and the present church erected. It 
was dedicated on the 5th day of September, 18G0, by 
the Very Rev. WilUam Starrs, Vicar General of the 

St Joseph's is a handsome brick chiu'ch with a 
stone basement ; it is forty-five feet in width by one 
hundred in depth, and is elegantly frescoed by Giovan- 
elli. The organ is a fine one, made by Engelfried, at a 
cost of three thousand five hundred dollars. 


With its o-allcries the church will seat six Imudi-ed, 
and cost originally about htteen thousand dollars. 

The first pastor assigned to this chiu-ch, October 
21st, 18G0, was the Rev. F. Karel, who continued to 
officiate here till June 20tli, 1864, when he resigned; 
and, after some pastoral duty in the Chui-ch of the Im- 
maculate Conception, Melrose, is now chaplain of the 
Franciscan Sisters at Peekskill. 

The next pastor was the Rev. Dr. Gerber of the 
Order of St. Francis, who was recalled by his superiors 
in the following year. The Most Reverend Archbishop 
then appointed the Rev. Anthony Kesseler, who is still 
pastor of St. Joseph's. 

Tlie pastor finding the chiu-ch in diflicult}' went to ^vork 
energetically, and, by the strictest economy in all details, 
restored the credit of the church and paid off a con- 
siderable amount of the debt, meeting demands in full. 

Coeval with the building of the church, a school 
was organized and lay teachers were engaged to conduct 
it, but in 1869, the Ladies of the Sacred Heart kindl}- 
undertook to teach the girls, as they do to this day. The 
boys remain under la}' teachers. The pupils number in 
all about two hundred children. 

Sunday-schools were established, both for Gei-man 
and English children. 

In 1871, the Rev. Mr. Kesseler enlarged the church, 
at a cost of six thousand dollars and procm-ed new bells 



for the steeple; and tliree years after he erected the 
handsome and commodious pastoral residence near the 

The Rev. Mr. Kesseler is assisted by the Rev. Ig- 
natius Delveaux. There are masses daily in the church' 
and on Sundays and holidays two masses at seven 
and eight; a high mass with English sermon at nine 
o'clock; and another with sermon in German at half 
past ten. 

Roll of Honor. 


Baldwin, Mrs. 
Banks, Mary. 
Becker, John. 
Becker, Philip. 
Borst, Charles, Mrs. 
Brendel, John. 
Bried, Gertrude. 
Daly, Daniel. 
Daly, Matthew. 
Daly, Timothy. 
Daly, Timothy, jr. 
D'Esterhazy, Paul O. 
Doran, Thomas. 
Doyle, James. 
Dunican, Patrick. 
Erving, Edward, Mrs. 
Faulhaber, Philip. 
Ferdinand, John. 
Fink, Adam. 
Fischbach, Charles. 

Geoghegan, Stephen J. 
Grinnon, Daniel, Mrs. 
Halpin, Z. J. 
Herring, William, Mrs. 
Hines, Edward. 
Hopper, Isaac. 
Klemm, Elizabeth. 
Klemm, Kate. 
Klemm, Magdalena. 
Kennedy, Michael. 
Kniffen, William. 
Lerche, Alprecht. 
Loughran, Charles. 
MaidhofT, Conrad. 
Mansfield, Maria L., Mrs. 
Martin, John. 
Mar.\, A., Mrs. 
Marz, Frederick. 
Meyer, Adam. 
Murphy, John. 

Murray, Mary, Mrs. 
Noonan, Michael. 
Ohmeis, Peter M. 
O'Neill, Charles. 
Orthaus, Joseph. 
O'Shea, Patrick. 
Reid, John. 
Schneider, Theodore. 
Stewart, Alexander T. 
Sullivan, Charles. 
Sullivan, James. 
Sullivan, John. 
Sweeny, Ellen. 
Theis, John. 
Tone, Thomas. 
Wagner, Frank. 
VVillard, Mrs. 
Windolph, Frances. 
Zchweitzer, William. 
Zweifel, Joseph. 





THE pastor of St. Joseph's Chm-ch is a native of 
the Rhenish Province, in Germany. He was 
born in the year 1840. 

He came to the United States while still in his 
boyhood, in the year 1851, and entered a collegiate 
institute directed by a talented convert, Dr. White. From 
this he proceeded to St. Peter's College, in Cumberland, 
Maryland, dhected by the Redemptorist Fathers. 

As he had made choice of the ecclesiastical state, he 
entered St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, the oldest theo- 
logical school in the country, directed by the Society of 
St. Sulpice. He completed his divinity course, however, 
in the Seminary of om- Lady of the Angels, at Niagara 
Falls, and Avas ordained priest in old St. Patrick's Cathe- 
dral, New York, on the 22d of April, 1865, by the 
Most Reverend Archbishop, at present his Eminence 
Cardinal McCloskey. 

He was at once assigned to duty as assistant pastor 

of St. Nicholas' Church, where he remained several 

months, exercising his first ministry in that parish. 


He was soon called to another position ; tlie Most 
Reverend Archbisliop selected liim to undertake the diffi- 
cult task of extricating St. Joseph's Chitrch from its 

He was accordingly appointed pastor on the 5th of 
September, 1865. He has been singularly successful in 
relieving the chiu'ch from its troubles, restoring general 
confidence, rediicing the debt, eidai'ging the sacred edifice 
itself, and enhancing the usefulness of the schools. 





TREMONT, formerly in Westchester County, but in 
the portion recently added to the Cit}' of New 
York, has a church dedicated to the great St. Joseph. 
It is another proof of the widespread devotion among 
the Catholics of the city to that saint, one of whose 
ardent clients, the great St. Teresa, declared that she 
never sought any favor thi-ough his intercession in vain. 

The chiurch in Tremont is due to the zeal and ac- 
tivity of a priest known by other labors in the city — 
the Rev. Joseph Stumpe. Finding that the locality was 
without a church, that the faithful ought, if their piety 
was not of the most tepid kind, to be able to erect a 
suitable chm-ch, he gave himself to the vmdertaking. 

The confidence in the Catholic body there was not 
misplaced. The proposal to erect a chiurch was re- 
sponded to; a site was sought and soon found, at ^vhat 
was deemed a reasonable price, and plans obtained for a 
church of solid and enduring character. 

The corner-stone was laid in the month of October, 


1873, and the church work was puslied vigorously dur- 
ing the winter, so that the new edifice was dedicated on 
the Sunday after the ensuing feast of the Holy Patri- 
arch, March 22, 1874. The Very Rev. William Quinn, 
V.G., officiated on the consoling occasion, assisted by 
the pastor, Rev. Joseph Stumpe, and a number of clergy- 
men assembled to join in the joy of the congregation. 
A Solemn High Mass was then offered by the Rev. R. 
Kleineidam, C.SS.R., assisted by Fathers Jungbauer and 
Daiermayer, as deacon and subdeacon. The sermon was 
preached by the Rev. Joseph M. Sorg, pastor of the 
Church of St. Louis in Bufialo ; and after the post-com- 
munion the Very Reverend Vicar Greneral congratulated 
the German Catholics of Tremont on then- fidelity to the 
faith amid the persecutions and false ideas of the nine- 
teenth centmy, and on the zeal of which their church 
was so noble a monument. 

The Chm-ch of St. Joseph is a fine structm-e, in the 
modern Gothic style, forty feet in width by a hundred 
and twenty-five in depth, with windows of stained glass, 
the decorations and the general apjjointments of the in- 
terior being carried out in the utmost elegance and 

This Chm-ch of St. Joseph cost about fifty thousand 
dollars. The interior is handsomely finished, in a neat 
and effective manner. There is a high altar, with two 
side altars and a spacious sanctuaiy. 


The basement of tlie chm-cli, which, being on a level 
with the street, is high and airy, is at present used 
as a school. 

The reverend founder of the church was succeeded, 
in 1874, by the Rev. J. Sorg, who was appointed by 
the Most Reverend Archbishop as resident pastor. In the 
early pai-t of the year 1877, the present pastor. Rev. 
Nicholas. Tonner, succeeded to the charge. 

Connected with the church are the Society of St. 
Joseph, a charitable organization, and the Altar Society 
of the Immaculate Conception. 

The Sunday-school is carefully directed, and has 
about a hundred and fifty pupils. 

The congregation is not at present very large, but 
it is one that must increase, and fill the beautiful chm-ch 
edifice they possess. 






THE pastor of the chm-cli at Tremont is a young 
and capable priest, the second one of the fam- 
i^y engaged in the ministry in the Diocese of New 
York — his cousin being parish priest at the Chm-ch of 
St. Mary Magdalen. 

The Rev. Nicholas J. S. Tonner was born April 4, 
1850, at Stewardstown, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. 
His early education was received at the parochial school 
in the neighboring town of Sharpsburg, and he is thus 
a proof of the fruits of our parochial system of educa- 
tion. To complete his studies he entered the Colle"-e of 
St. Vincent, Westmoreland County, under the direction 
of the learned Order of St. Benedict; and, being called 
to the ecclesiastical state, went tlu-ough his philosophy 
and divinity studies in the theological school of that 
abbey, where he was graduated, in June, 1876. 

He came to New York for ordination, and was the 
first on whom Archbishop McCloskey conferred any holy 
orders after he had been created a Cardinal. The Rev. 
Ml-. Tonner received minor orders at liis hands in St. 


Patrick's Cathedral, August 20, 1876 ; and was ordained 
priest by Bishojj Loiighlin in his cathedi'al, Brooklyn, 
on the 24th of the same month. 

He made his fii'st exercise of the ministry in the 
parish of St. Mary Magdalen, where he was a curate, 
till his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey, in February, 
1877, confided to him the jiastoral care of the flock 
gathered at Tremont, under the fostering protection of 
St. Joseph. 



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IN the year 1851, when Mount St. Vincent and the 
Convent of the Sacred Heart stood grandly out in 
the northern part of the island like two bulwarks of 
Catholicity, the number of the faithful began to increase 
so that new churches were demanded — new centers to which 
the people might more readily tm-n — monuments, as it 
were, ever before their eyes, to remind them of what 
they were by baptism, and what they should be in 
deed and in practice. 

The Most Reverend Archbishop Hughes assigned to 
the Rev. E. J. O'Reilly all the disti-ict on the eastern jjart 
of the city, between St. Paul's, at Harlem, and the Chm-ch 
of St. John the Evangelist. The new pastor entered his 
parish with courage and hope, and, taking liis stand about 
the center, looked around for a spot where the cross 
of Catholicity might glitter amid the clouds on the spire 
of a consecrated temple. He found a site adapted to 
his purpose on Eighty-fom-th Street, between Fourth and 
Fifth Avenues. It was soon purchased, and the little 


congregation which he had provisionally gathered in a 
temporary chapel prepared to lay the corner-stone. 

On the 20th of October, 1851, the gronnd was 
cleared, the foundation of a new church laid, a cross 
planted where the altar was to stand, and all was in 
readiness for the ceremony. The Most Reverend Arch- 
bishop came in person to give dignity to the service. 
Catholics full of pious pride, others led by ctu^osity, 
came in a vast crowd to witness the sacred rite of the 
Catholic Church. After the usual ceremony and bless- 
ing of the stone, the Archbishop spoke of the solemnity 
of the prayers, music, and ceremonies of the Catholic 
Chiu-ch. But, sublime as these were, he reminded his 
hearers that it was for another and higher pm-pose that 
churches are built. They are built on accomit of the 
altar that consecrates and gives them sanctity. They 
are built for that which is the essence and center of 
all divine worship — the offering of sacrifice. 

The Rev. Mr. O'Reilly continued in the parish until 
the following year, struggling to erect the chiu-ch which 
was to be named in honor of the great St. Lawi-ence 
O'Toole. He was succeeded in his laborious undertaking 
by the Rev. Walter J. Quarter, a native of KiUurine, 
Kings County, Ireland, a priest of experience, who had 
been Vicar General and Administrator of the Diocese of 
Chicago. Under Ms care the new brick church was rap- 
idly completed, and in the eariy summer of 1854 it was 


ready for the solemn rite which was to hallow the altar 
for the offering of the sacrifice. The solemn ceremony of 
dedication took place on the 11th of June in that year. 
The church was crowded with worshipers. It was esti- 
mated that there were eight hundi-ed in the pews and 
tliree hundred in the galleiies, showing that the new 
chapel would not lack a congregation. 

The ceremony of dedication was performed by the 
Very Rev. William Starrs, then Vicar General of the 
diocese. The holy prayer was said, and, with smoke of 
incense and aspersion of holy water, the chm*ch was 
blessed under the invocation of St. Lawrence O'Toole, 
the latest of the servants of God who have adorned the 
Irish chm'ch, in whose case the process of canonization 
was completed before England had made the faith of the 
saints the object of its persecution. Tliis great saint, the 
son of a i^rince, was born near Dublin, and was in boy- 
hood a hostage in the hands of Dermot McMurrogh, by 
whom he was cruelly treated. When restored to his 
father, he showed a longing to renounce the world, and 
entered the Abbey of Glendalough, of which he became 
abbot at the age of twenty-five, so impressed were the 
monks with his virtues and ability. Five years afterwards 
he was chosen Bishop of Dublin. Here his sanctity was 
conspicuous. He beheld liis episcopal . city ravaged by 
Strongbow, and the English attempt to overtlu-ow tlie 
national existence of his country. He himself was nearly 


killed in England. He attended the Third Council of the 
Lateran and was made Legate of the Pope in Ireland, 
Having gone to Normandy to prevent Henry II. from 
making war upon Roderie, the last of the Irish kings, 
he died at the monastery of Eu, November 14th, 1180. 

A miracle was wi-ought by a relic of this saint, on 
the coast of Maine, in 1613, so that devotion to him 
ma}- be said to have preceded all om- churches. 

When the chm-ch bearing his name was at last 
dedicated, the Very Rev. Mr. Starrs offered up a Sol- 
emn High Mass, with the Rev. Isidore Daubresse, S.J., 
as deacon, and the Rev. Mr. Brady as subdeacon. Be- 
sides these there were present the Rev. Walter Qiiarter, 
the pastor, the Rev. James McMahon, of the Church of 
St. John the Evangelist, and several seminarians. 

After the gospel, the Most Reverend Ai-chbishop 
Hughes preached, taking as his text Apoc. xxi. 1-3 : 
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the 
first heaven and the first earth was gone and the sea is 
now no more. And I John saw the holy city, the new 
Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven, from God, pre- 
pared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard 
a great voice from the throne saying : Behold the tab- 
ernacle of God with men, and he will dwell with them, 
and they shall be his people ; and God himself Tvath 
them shall be their God." 

The reverend pastor almost immediately instituted 


parocliial and Sunday schools, placing the gu-ls under 
the care of the Sisters of Charity. 

He remained in charge of the parish till his death, 
in the month of December, 18G3. The Rev. Samuel 
MuUedy, who had for a short time been assistant, became 
pastor. He was assisted by the Rev. J. Coyle and the 
Rev. J. Hassou ; but in 1866, the Most Reverend Arch- 
bishop McCloskey requested the Fathers of the Society 
of Jesus to assume the care of the parish. The Rev. 
Fathers Marechal, John j\IcQuaid, Hector Glackmeyer, 
William Moylan, William Gockeln, Joseph Shea, Florentin 
Achard, and the present incumbent, the Rev. Jolui A. 
Treanor, have since that time been pastors, assisted by 
several Fathers of then* Society. 

The schools have increased. Besides the parish schools, 
taught by the Sisters of Charity and lay teachers, with 
tlu-ee hundi'ed and nineteen boys and four hundi-ed and 
thirty-nine girls, there is a tine select school, St. Law- 
rence's Academy, conducted by the same Sisters, aftbrd- 
ing a higher and ' more cultivated com'se. This institu- 
tion has eighty-seven pupils. There is also a classical 
academy for boys, under a lay teacher. 




THE career of a secular priest, and of" one who, 
as a member of a religious order, belongs to the 
regular clergy, differ. The former is a2:)pointed to a 
parish, and where the canon law is established, it becomes 
his field of labor for life. He regards it as a sphere in 
which his talents, his ability, his zeal, are to be devoted 
for the good of his flock ; and a separation as possible 
only by his own will, or by a failure to meet the 
requirements of the high responsibihties imposed upon him. 

It is not so with a regular priest — that is, a priest 
bound by a rule. Each order has its own special object, 
to which its members are devoted, and parochial duty 
comes onl)' incidentally. As priests, they have every 
requisite, and are often indeed called upon by the Right 
Reverend Bishops to assume the position of pastors of 
churches, for which severe study, great experience in the 
direction of souls, and austerity of life fit them ; but it 
is not usual for a regular priest to remain attached to a 
parish for a long series of years, and see a generation 
grow up under his care. 

The Chm-ch of St Lawi-ence is now under the 


Ijastoral care of the Rev. Father John A. Treanor of the 
Society of Jesus. This clergyman was born in New York, 
on the 5th of December, 1838, and was the first student 
who entered the College of St. Francis Xavier, in Fif- 
teenth Street, and the fii*st boy who served mass in the 
church. After his studies here he renounced the world 
and its allm-ements to enter the Society of Jesus, on the 
31st day of August, 1855. 

After liis novitiate he was employed in teaclaing at 
St. John's College, and then pm-sued the jjhilosophical 
and theological course as a preparation for the holy order 
of priesthood. He was ordained on the 29th of June in 
the year 1872, and was in that and the following year 
at Frederick, Maryland. 

In 1873, lie was appointed by the Superior of the 
Mission in New York and Canada, under whose authority 
he is, to the responsible position of vice-president of 
St. John's College, Fordham, and then transferred to the 
same position in the College of St. Francis Xavier, Fif- 
teenth Street, New York, where he remained for two years. 

Thence he was sent as vice-president to St. John's 
College, Fordham, and at the end of the year was ap- 
pointed pastor of the Chm-ch of St. Lawrence. 

Like many of the Fathers in the establishments of 
his order, his duty has not been merely parochial. He 
has frequently given retreats in various rehgious commu- 
nities to the members, and to those under their charge; 



and lie has given missions in cliiu'ches in various parts, 
impressing all with his earnestness, his zeal, and his 
desire to win souls to virtue, and to warn them against 
the snares and devices that are laid for the ruiu of the 

Roll of Honor 

]!anett, Michael, 
liarth, Adelaide. 
Higley, Peter. 
I!iady, Jolin. 
Bienan, Daniel. 
Brown, James F. 
Bryan, Mary, Mrs. 
Bullman, John. 
Buscall, Charles F. 
Byrne, Denis J. 
Carr, John. 
Casey, James. 
Connery, Thomas B. 
Connors, William. 
Corbett, Peter. 
Corson, Thomas. 
Creeden, John. 
Curry, Edmond J. 
Crowley, James. 
Cruise, William. 
Dennis, James L. 
Donohue, Patrick. 
Donohue, Thomas. 
Donovan, John J. 
Doran, John. 
Douglas, John A., Mrs. 
Dowling, John C. 
Duffy, Ann E. 
Duffy, James. 
Dwyer, Mary Ann, Mrs. 
Erhet, George, Mrs. 
Falvey, John. 
Falvey, Thomas. 
Fanning, Patrick. 
Farley, John. 
Farrell, John. 
Farrish, James A. 
Finn, Patrick. 
Filzpatrick, Jeremiah. 
Foley, M. W. 
Ford, Dennis. 
Gallagher, James W. 
Gallagher, Thomas. 


Gannon, James. 
Gaynor, John. 
Gearty, Thomas. 
Geritzen, Herman. 
Godfrey, John. 
Gonoude, James. 
Gorman, John. 
Graham, Michael. 
Greaney, William. 
Griffin, Dennis W. 
Hughes, Thomas. 
Johnson, William E. 
Jones, Charles. 
Keleher, Patrick. 
Kiernan, Terence. 
Larney, Catharine, Mrs. 
Long, I'atrick. 
Loonam, Charles. 
Lynch, James. 
Lynch, Mary Teresa. 
Lynch, Patrick. 
McCabe, Thomas. 
McCarrin, Maria F. 
McCarthy, John D. 
McCarthy, William H. 
McConnellogue, Hugli K. 
McCormick, P. 
McDonald, P.atrick. 
McDonald, William E. 
McDonnell, J. 
McGinness, Peter. 
McGinnis, Hugh. 
McGrath, Michael. 
McGuire, Thomas. 
McLaughHn, John. 
McManus, William. 
McManus, William F. 
McManus, William J. 
McPhillips, William. 
Mc^uade, Anna. 
McQuade, John J. 
Martin, Michael. 
Meaney, Patrick H. 
Morris, James. 

Mullan, John. 
Mulligan, Nicholas. 
Murphy, Owen. 
Murjihy, Patrick. 
Nast, Albert A., Mrs. 
Newman, William H. 
O'Connor, Edward J. 
O'Donnell, Bernard. 
O'Neill, John. 
O'SuUivan, Jeremiah M. 
Pertcl, Edward. 
Pettit, Bernard., John. 
Power, William F., Mrs. 
Reed, Charles C. 
Regan, Timothy. 
Reilly, Arthur. 
Reilly, P. W. 
Reynolds, Patrick. 
Riley, L. 
Ritter, Anton. 
Roach, Richard. 
Roby, Catharine E., Mrs. 
Russell, William. 
Ryan, Michael. 
Ryan, Thomas. 
Scallon, James J. 
Sheehan, Michael. 
Sheehy, Patrick. 
Shields, Daniel. 
Slattery, Patrick. 
Spillane, Maurice. 
Sullivan, John. 
Sullivan, William W. 
Tully, John T. 
Twomey, John F. 
Wall, Patrick J. 
Wallace, David. 
Walsh, Augustine. 
Warren, Peter. 
Wilson, .Susan, Mrs. 
Woods, Bernard. 
Wynne, John. 





FROM the first gathering of the faithful, after the 
Revolution had given Catholics nearly equal rights 
with their fellow-citizens, there had been a steady increase 
in the body. St. Peter's was long the parish church, not 
only for the island, but for Brooklyn and New Jersey. 
Then came St. Patrick's Cathedral, more centrally situated, 
and affording advantages to many in what was the new 
and growing part of New York. The Rutgers and De- 
lancey farms, east of the Bowery, were built up during 
the first quarter of the present century, and among those 
who here secured homes for themselves were many Catho- 
lics, who at last felt that they were able to erect 
church and maintain a pastor. They were emboldened to 
this by the fact that, the two cluu-ches were already 
filled to overflowing at the masses of obligation. 

The venerable Bishop Connolly had recently closed 
his pious career, and the diocese Avas administered by 
the Very Rev. John Power. With his permission and 
approval, a new district and congregation were organized, 
and some of the leading members looked for a suitable 
j)lace for their intended church. Strange rumors of a 



kind of scliism among the Catholics spread. It was 
scarcely believed that they needed a new chm'cli. It was 
a period of great commercial embarrassment and distress, 
and some of the Protestant churches felt the influence. 
The Seventh Presbyterian congregation, under the Rev. 
E. W. Baldwin, found it necessary to sell their church 
in Sheriff Street. This seemed to the new Catholic con- 
gregation well adaj)ted to their pm-poses, and it was 
accordingly pm-chased, in April, 1826, for seven thousand 
tlu-ee hundred dollars. It was a small frame edifice, forty- 
five feet in front and sixty in depth, with a brick front, 
and a neat steeple in which hung a very large bell. It 
was the first Catholic bell in New York ; for, apparently 
from the force of habit, chapels in Ireland being at the 
time prohibited from using bells, and Catholics having 
become accustomed to do without them, none were at- 
tached to St. Peter's or St. Patrick's. 

The Very Reverend Administrator assigned to the 
church the Rev. Mr. McGilligan, who said mass in the 
new building from the fii'st of May, when possession 
was obtained till its formal opening. 

On Sunday, the 14th day of May, 1826, the church 
was formally opened by the Rev. Hatton Walsh of the 
Order of St. Augustine, who delivered a sermon on the 
occasion, which was printed for the benefit of the chmxh, 
in a pamphlet of twenty pages. 

" It is a fact well known to many who now listen 


to me," said the sacred orator, " that at no far distant 
period a single chui'ch was amply sufficient to contain 
the Catholics of this vast commercial city ; and when it 
was deemed expedient to erect a sumptuous cathedi-al in 
honor of the Most High, it was more than the warmest 
friend of Catholicity could then expect, that its spacious 
aisles should be filled with the followers of the ancient 
faith. But so diligently has the vineyard of the Lord 
been cultivated, and so fruitfuU}- has it flourished, that 
in order to afford an opportunit)^ to every one of assist- 
ing at the sacred mysteries of our religion, it has been 
considered necessary to procure for their accommodation 
this additional temple, in which I have the happiness to 
address you on this day. And here, my bretlu-en, it 
may not be superfluous to observe that the reports 
wliich were industriously circulated concerning the inde- 
pendence of this church were ungenerous and unfounded; 
and, originating as the}' did in contemptible malice or 
consummate ignorance, must long since have been dis- 
carded from the breast of every upright Catholic. But 
lest there should remain the slightest uncertainty in the 
minds of our dissenting brethren — lest we should seem 
to depart from that unity which is the distinctive char- 
acter of the fold of Jesus Chiist — I take this public and 
solemn opportunity of declaring that nothing has been 
attempted in this afftiir without the warm sanction and 
support of the respected Vicai" General of this diocese." 


The name assumed by tlie new cluirch was St. 
Mary's, but it was not formally blessed. When, however, 
New York was gladdened towards the close of that 
year by the arrival of a bishojj, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Du 
Bois, that prelate j^roceeded, on the great feast of the 
Annunciation, March 25th, 1827, to dedicate the church 
to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. It was the 
first . church in the city dedicated by a bishop of tlie 
see. The concoiu'se was very large; the ceremony, 
wliich had not been seen on the island for many years, 
attracted great attention, and the clergy, in what for 
the times were imposing numbers, gave dignity to the 

The congregation was not very large or wealthy, 
but they were prospering, and the church with them. 
The lii'st trustees were Messrs. Garret Byrne, Patrick 
Sullivan, Andi'ew Fallon, Lackey Reynolds, Charles Coles, 
Francis ITanratty, Peter Smith, Edward Flanagan, and 
John Kent. 

The Rev. Hatton Walsh, the first priest of St. Mary's, 
remained the pastor about tln-ee years, assisted by the 
Rev. Timothy McGuire. He was succeeded by the Rev. 
Luke Beny, in whose time a school was opened in the 
basement of St. Mary's, which, in time, gave priests and 
a bishop to the chmxh. 

The first St. Mary's was not, however, long enjoyed 
by the Catholics. On the 9tli of November, 1831, a 


burglar entered the sacred edifice, and, either influenced 
by hatred or incensed at his faihire to find what he 
expected, he set fire to the buikling-. Before anytliing- 
coukl be done to check the flames, or the rec(jrds, 
sacred vessels, and vestments could be saved, St. j\Iary's 
was a mass of fii'e, and nothing was rescued from the 
ruins except an iron safe, still in use. 

This misfortune, with some previous troubles, broke 
the heart of the pastor, who died on the 7th of De- 

The Rev. Timothy IMcGuire, on whom the chief 
burden now fell, at once secured a lease of a small 
wooden building on Grand Street, between Pitt and 
Willett, which had been erected in 1824 by the Epis- 
copalians, as the Chm'ch of All Saints. This was in'e- 
pared for divine service, and was the second St. ]\Iary's, 
until the new chiu-ch was so far advanced as to afford 
accommodation to the congregation. 

The trustees, after the destruction of the old chm-ch, 
decided, with the advice of the Right Reverend Bishop 
Du Bois, not to rebuild on that site, but to dispose of 
it and purchase a more eligible spot. Tlu'ee lots of 
ground, with a front of seventy-three feet nine inches 
on Grand Street, and ranning back a hundred feet on 
Ridge Street, were bought from Stephen Allen for nine 
thousand dollars, on the 25th of November, 1831, and 
on this the new chiu-ch was begun in the following 


January, altliougli the congregation was almost without 

A lot adjoining on Ridge Street was acquired by 
Bisho]) Du Bois for a parochial residence, and by him 
conveyed to St. Mary's. 

The comer-stone was laid on Monday, April 30, 
1832, b}' the Right Reverend Dr. Du Bois, with a num- 
ber of clergymen. The building was jjrosecuted with 
spirit, and though the city was visited during the sum- 
mer by that terrible scourge, the cholera, which then for 
the first time dealt death throughout the city, St. Mary's 
continued to rise. The ravages of the cholera in St. 
Mary's parish were terrible, and the devoted pastor was 
um-emitting in his attendance to enable all to make their 
peace with God tln-ough the sacraments, dimng the short 
period the disease left the unhappy victims for pi'ejDara- 
tion. How severe was the duty of the priest in those 
days may be imagined, when the writer can state that 
from one house in that parish he saw five coffins 
carried out in a single morning-. On the 28th of De- 
cember, mass was offered for the first time in a tempo- 
rary chapel in the basement of the new church. The 
structiu-e which they had hired, with its unexpired lease 
of about tlu-ee years, was then sold at auction. 

. Proposals were then issued for completing the church, 
and, as the congregation were anxioixs to enjoy to the full 
the benefit of a suitable j^lace, it was soon completed. 


The solemn dedication took place June Otli, 1833, tlie Rt. 
Rev. Bishop Du Bois officiating on the occasion. Alter the 
ceremony of the dedication, which was performed most im- 
pressively, and Avas witnessed by a densely crowded clnn'ch, 
including- many Protestants of distinction, the Right Rev- 
erend Bishop celebrated a Pontifical High Mass. The music 
was fine, being Haydn's First Mass, rendered extremely 
well by the organist and choir. The dedication sermon 
was preached by the Very Rev. John Power, V.Gr., and 
is recorded as being one of the "most lucid and instruc- 
tive of his discourses, replete with every argument which 
profound reading and theological research could supply.'' 

At the conclusion of the mass, the Right Reverend 
Bishop congratulated the congregation on what had been 
accomplished, and announced that lie had committed the 
pastoral charge of St. Mary's Clnu'ch to the Rev. William 
Quarter, a young and energetic priest. 

The new pastor went zealously to work, assisted by 
Rev. ]\Ir. McGruire, who still remained. The parish num- 
bered already many tluiving and prosperous business men, 
increasing in wealth as contractors or dealers ; nearly all 
of solid and unpretentious character, whose liberality was 
soon evinced in the contributions for charity and religion. 
The first appeal for the orphans had been made in the 
old church I))' the Rev. Mr. Walsh, and for years, in the 
annual collections for the Asylum, St. i\[ary's stood at 
the head of the list, or very near it. 


The sacrament of confirmation was conferred for the 
first time in the parish, on the Wliitsunday after the 
dedication, b}' the Right Reverend Bishop Du Bois. 

The establishment of scliools was one of the first ob- 
jects of the attention of ]\Ir. Quarter. The Sisters of Char- 
ity, at his appeal, began their noble work in the parish 
in September, 1833, the reverend pastor having introduced 
them almost against the advice of the trustees, and even 
of the bishop, who thought that the project could not 
possibly succeed. But Rev. Mr. Quai-ter relied on his own 
energy. Tln-ee Sisters came ; they took control of the 
parochial school in the basement of the church, and in 
May, 1835, opened St. Mary's Academy, in the house No. 
447 Grand Street — an institution since transferred to East 
Broadway, and for many years the highest Catholic school 
for young ladies in the city. 

The Rev. Mr. Quarter remained pastor of St. Mary's 
till his appointment as Bishop of Chicago, in 1844, and 
during his pastorship was assisted by tlie Rev. Mr. 
O'Beirne ; Rev. J. D. Teixcheira, a Avorthy Portuguese 
priest, Avho for twenty-five years labored zealously in the 
parish ; Rev. James Dougherty ; Rev. Walter Quarter, who 
subsequently founded the Church of St. Lawrence ; the 
Rev. Mark ]\Iurphy, a fine scholnr, well read in Greek 
literature and mathematics, who died at Staten Island, a 
victim of charity during the ravages of the ship fever. 

About 1840, galleries were put up on each side of 


the organ, for tlie use of the school children, and a steeple 
reared above the church in 1842. 

During' this period a Rosary Society was canonically 
instituted, on the 25th of March, 1837, although a few- 
pious persons among the laity had from an early period 
foiTaed a sort of association for saying the rosary to- 
gether, Lawrence Hannan being regarded as the founder 
of the devotion. A Confraternity of the Sacred Heart 
of Jesus was also instituted on tlie 26th of June, 1840. 
In regard to these the Rev. Mr. Quarter himself wrote : — 

"The pastor of St. Mary's Church, anxious for the 
spiritual advancement of the congregation committed to 
his charge, thought it advisable, as soon as convenient, 
to establish confraternities and pious sodalities of the 
rosary and the scapular. "When the members of the con- 
gregation are attached to some religious society or con- 
fraternity, they are more likely to attend to their relig- 
ious obligations. They find occupation in prayer on 
Sundays and festivals and other leism'e hom's, whereas, 
if they were not attached to such societies, much of their 
time might be wasted in vice and dissipation, in slander 
and calumny, especially on those days when their worldly 
occupations do not claim their attention, and when, for- 
getting that the greater part of these days should be 
spent in the service of God, they seem to think they 
can idle them away or s^^end them in frivolous amuse- 
ments or in sin. The poor especially experience much 


consolation in attaching themselves to iiiiy pious sodality 
or confraternity ; while the rich seldom attach themselves 
to these associations. The least sacrifice of ease or pleas- 
ure seems too much for them, and hence it is that their 
souls grow cold in devotion ; the sacraments even, that the 
Church commands them to approach at least once a year, 
they neglect, and tliey seem to disregard the penalties 
due their non-compliance. 

" What a contrast the rich, who do not, and the poor 
who do attach themselves to these sodalities, present in 
the church on Sunday ! In the morning early the poor 
are devoutly there preparing to feed their souls on the 
rich banquet of the Body and Blood of Jesus Chi-ist. The 
rich have not as yet raised their heads from off their soft 
pillows. At the last mass the poor are there, fasting up 
to the hour of midday, and then too happy if they be 
permitted to approach the table of their Lord. They 
press through the dense mass of people, and prostrate 
themselves before the altar, their souls filled with devo- 
tion and inflamed with divine love. The rich sit in 
their pews, and look coldly and indifferently on them, 
and appear like strangers in the house of their Lord and 
Master — they have no regard for the spiritual favors and 
heavenly blessings, gifts, and graces which God would 
bestow on them were they faithful. 

"At vespers the poor are again in the house of God. 
The seats of the rich are empty. The psalm of praise 


and canticle of joy is being sung. The rich join not in 
the chonis ; the sacred melody has no charm for their 
ears ; and they sit, if there at all, gazing idly or per- 
haps ridiculing those simple, pious souls that are en- 
gaged in the praise of their God. Not now even are 
the poor tired of their devotions. Again they assemble 
in the evening, to close the day Avith prayer, to read 
pious books, and to recite the rosary. Thus it is that 
the members of the several religious societies now es- 
tablished at St. Mary's spend the Sunday." 

His influence, and that of these religious associations, 
in a short time made his words almost inapplicable to 
his own parish, in which the regularity, the frequentation 
of the sacraments, and the coirect lives, showed how 
much had been effected by liis zeal. 

While his flock was thus making solid pi-ogress in 
the paths of Chi'istian piety, St. IMary's became in a 
manner the cradle of the many Catholic churches in 
our city. 

In April, 1835, the German Catholics, who desired 
to organize a congregation for themselves, obtained the 
use of the basement of St. Mary's on Sunday mornings 
and formed a little congregation which, in a short time, 
founded the Chiurch of St. Nicholas, in Second Street. 
Nor was this the only connection of St. Mary's with 
the German Catholic body. On the second Sunday in 
the Lent of 1840, the reverend pastor read from his 


pulpit the reasons wMcli had induced John James Maxi- 
mihan Oertel, a Lutheran minister, who had endured exile 
rather than renounce what he deemed the piu'ity of his 
religious belief, to abjm-e the heresy entirely, and seek 
peace and ti'uth in the bosom of the Catholic Chm-ch. 
lie had that morning' been received into the Chm-ch, and 
made his profession of faith at the altar of St. Mary's. 
He then devoted his talents to the diffusion of truth, 
and has ever since ably edited a German Catholic paper. 
St. Mary's Avas highly honored when, in 1844, the 
Holy See selected its pastor for a position in the hier- 
archy, although it greatly regretted liis loss. He was 
succeeded by the Rev. William Starrs, who opened his 
administration by introducing, in May, 1844, the devo- 
tion of the Month of Mary. Drawing the ladies of the 
congregation around him, he established the Ladies' Altar 
Society, and in 1849 the Ladies' Benevolent Society, 
which in twelve years distributed nearly fifteen thousand 
dollars among the poor. He was earnest also in the 
cause of temperance, Avhere the attempt at moral reform- 
ation was based on the graces bestowed by God tlnough 
the sacraments. St. Mary's Temperance Society was 
founded by him in 1850, and on the 21st of October 
in the tbllowing year the great apostle of temperance, 
Father Theobald Matthew, gave the pledge in St. Mary's 
to a very great number of persons in the congregation. 
The Rev. Mr. Starrs erected a new residence for the 


clergy of the parish; developed the schools, placing the 
boys under the Brothers of the Christian Schools ; and 
aiding the Sisters of Charity to establish their new house 
on East Broadway. Seeing the great good done by the 
missions, he in^ated the Redemptorist Fathers to his par- 
ish, and the mission given by them in St. Mary's, in 
October, 1853, one of the first in the city, was attended 
by innnense crowds, and produced most salutary effects. 

The Rev. Mr. Starrs was soon after transferred to 
the Cathedral, having been assisted during his stay at 
St. Mary's by the Rev. James McMahon, now ])astor of 
St. John the Evangelist. Of the Rev. Mr. Starrs it was 
said: "He displayed prudence, charity, zeal, and patience. 
He won the approbation of his superiors, and secured the 
confidence which they reposed in him. x\ll knew that in 
the discharge of his official functions he displayed all the 
virtues, and in an uncommon degree. One thing was 
the foundation of all the rest — loyalt}- to his ecclesiasti- 
cal superiors. He never swerved in the least degree 
from what he owed to his bishop." 

He was an able administrator of temporal affairs, 
and besides laying out large sums in improvements, re- 
duced the debt, ^vhich the Rev. Mr. Quarter had brought 
down to sixteen thousand dollars, to four thousand. 

The Rev. Thomas Farrell, now of St. Joseph's Church, 
was pastor of St. Mary's from 1855 to 1857, assisted by 
Rev. Messrs. McMahon, Carroll, and Egan. His energv 


was directed to the erection of a suitable scliool-liouse 
for the purposes of the parish, and he was gratified by 
the success of his efforts. A substantial edifice in Pitt 
Street was opened in 1(S55, under the charge of the 
Clu-istian Brothers and the Sisters of Charity. 

The Society of the Living Kosary — the new form 
which has tended so much to keep alive the old devo- 
tion to Our Lady — was also established in St. Mary's, by 
the Rev. Mr. Farrell, October 1, 1854. 

The next pastor of the church was the Very Rev. 
Archdeacon McCarron, who came, in 1857, to pass the 
remaining years of his life in the sanctuary of the Mother 
of God. 

With the vast increase of the Catholic population in 
New York City, St. Mary's parish, including from the 
East River to Pike and Allen Streets on the west, and 
Stanton Street on the north, had become densely settled 
with families who tln-onged the aisles of the old chiu'ch 
on Sundays. The number of masses was increased to 
five, but the" relief afforded was onl}- temporary. 

The schools were similarly overcrowded, and as the 
Rutgers Female Institute, a fine building on Madison 
Street, erected some years before under the patronage of 
the Crosby family, was for sale, the fashionable upper 
parts of the city offering greater attractions for a young 
ladies' academy of that character, it was pm'chased for 
twenty-five thousand dollars, and opened in September, 


1860, as " St. Mary's Female Institute." It was admira- 
bly adapted for the parochial school for girls, having 
been erected for educational pm-poses, carefully planned 
and well aiTanged, with every endeavor to give abun- 
dance of light and ventilation. When the school for 
girls Avas established here, the Pitt Street school was 
occupied entirely by that for the boys of the parish. 

The very reverend pastor was assisted by the Rev. 
Peter McCan-on, Rev. James Boyce, Rev. P. Farrell, Rev. 
M. McKenna, and Rev. John Donnelly. 

Owing to the infirm health of the pastor, much de- 
volved on the active and zealous Rev. Mr. Boyce, who 
extended the pastoral residence in 1861, and, becoming 
convinced that a division of the parish had become an ab- 
solute necessity, purchased, with the approval of the ]\Iost 
Reverend Ai-chbishop, a chm-ch on Rutgers Street, a sub- 
stantial edifice erected by the Presbyterians, who had 
worshiped on that site since 1797, but now beheld their 
congregation dwindled away. 

This edifice was placed under the patronage of the 
holy Carmelite, St. Teresa, and the paiish of St. Mark's 
was divided. 

The old church was remodeled by the Rev. Mr. 

FarreU in 1864, the congregation desiring to modernize 

their now venerable sanctuary. The front was entirely 

changed, and the towers added; the interior handsomely 

painted in fresco ; a new and beautiful organ erected ; 


and on Clii-istmas niorniug', 18G4, a new fine bell, weigh- 
ing fifteen liundi-ed pounds, summoned tlie Catholics to 
the restored shrine of Our Lady. 

As it Avas e\adent that the ground occupied b}' the 
paroclual residence would sooai be required by the chm'ch, 
a new residence for the clergy was purchased on At- 
torney Street, through the exertions of the Rev. Mr. 

The venerable Archdeacon McCarron died February 
23d, 18G7, piously closing a long life devoted to the 
service of the altar. His obsequies draped the church in 
mourning, and a hundi'ed and fifty priests gathered to 
honor his memory. The Very Rev. William Starrs came 
to his old church to sing the requiem, and the Most 
Reverend Archbishop preached the funeral oi'ation. 

The Rev. McKenna had ah'eady planned a further 
division of the old parish, and, Avitli the approval of the 
Most Reverend Archbishop, was engaged in erecting a 
chiu'ch in honor of the patron of America, St. Rose of 
Lima. St. Mary's was thus deprived of a large part of the 
district in which she had so long ministered to the peo- 
ple of God the bread of life, her spiritual childi'en, St. 
Teresa and St. Rose, virgin followers of the Queen of 
Virgins, coming to share her labors, her trials, and her 

In Ma), 1867, the Most Reverend Archbishop Mc- 
Closkey appointed as ^oastor of St, Mary's the present in- 


cimibeiit, the liov. Edward J. O'Reilly. As we have 
seen, he came to the church to find its parish much di- 
minished. It is now bounded by the East River, Clinton, 
Grand, Norfolk, Stanton, Sheriff, Grand, and Jackson 

The new pastor set to work to reorganize and sys- 
tematize the affairs of St. Mary's, and to make the cluu-ch 
all that the parish could for many years require. A new 
charter was obtained, by reorganizing under the law of 
1863, and the ancient corporation conveyed to the new 
body the property of the parish. The corporators are 
the Most Reverend Archbishop, the reverend pastor, and 
two gentlemen of the congregation. 

The enlargement of the church was then decided 
upon. The property long owned on Grand Street was sold 
and another lot pm-chased on Ridge Street, this with that 
occupied by the pastoral residence enabling them to 
make the church a hundi-ed and fifty feet in depth. The 
work was commenced in July, 1870, and completed early 
in the following year. 

On the 26th of February, 1871, St. Mary's Church, 
as restored and enlarged, was dedicated anew to the 
service of God by his Grace the Most Reverend Arch- 
bishop McCloskey. In the High Mass wliich followed 
the consoling ceremony, and in which the finest ecclesias- 
tical nuisic and the most chaste and appropriate adorn- 
ment combined to heighten the solenmity of the ritual, 


a sermon full of eloquence incentive to devotion was 
delivered by the Very Rev. Thomas S. Preston, V.Gr. 
In the evening at the vesper service, which closed 
the day of benediction, the Right Reverend John Lough- 
lin, D.D., Bishop of Brooklyn, preached. 

A new residence for the clergy was soon after com- 
pleted, and St. Mary's was fully adapted in every i-e- 
spect for a new career of usefulness, just as she closed 
the fii-st half centmy of her existence. The cost of the 
recent improvements had been ninety-three thousand dol- 
lars ; but the church with the vestry now covers five 
lots of land, the schools and parochial residence are 
amply adapted to the wants of the parish, and the debt 
is comparatively small. 

It is to be hoped that the faithful will liberally 
sustain this venerable sanctuary, which has not only 
given rise, as we have seen, to two other parish chm-ches, 
but has within its limits the German Church of Our 
Lady of Sorrows and the Polish Church of St. Stanislaus. 

On Sunday, May 14th, 1876, St. Mary's celebrated 
its semi-centennial anniversary, on wliich occasion the 
sermon preached fifty years before by the Rev. Hatton 
Welsh was reprinted, with historical and traditionary notes 
from the pen of Wm. Dougherty, Esq., which have made 
the task of the annalist an easy one. He was one of 
the oldest members, and had witnessed as a boy the 
opening of the first church. 


To those wlio formed the congregation of 1876, as 
well as to many who, removing to other parts of the 
city, harl been unable to continue as constant worship- 
ers before the first New York altar of Our Lady, the 
day was one of especial joy. The celebration was one 
of a character of which there had been fcAv instances 
in the city. The church was iinely decorated, the 
altar resplendent with ricli laces, drapery, floral offer- 
ings, and lights. A Solemn High Mass was offered, with 
the Rev. H. P. Baxter as celebrant, and the Rev. Messrs. 
Rigney and Gleason as deacon and subdeacon. The rev- 
erend pastor preached, dwelling of com-se on the history 
of the chiu-ch in which he stood, but enlarging on the 
perpetuity and unerring character of the Catholic Church, 
the depositary of God's truth among men, beyond ^^•hose 
circle of light all is darkness, lit u]) only by the evanes- 
cent and phantom-like gleams of opinion — lights that do 
not lead to safety, but liu-e men to doom. 

The vesper ser\'ice was as densely attended, and a 
sermon from the eloquent Very Rev. Thomas S. Preston 
closed the ceremonies of tliis consoling day. 

Besides the religious associations already mentioned, was 
one not inactive on this day. It was the St. Mary's Library 
Association, founded, in November, 1872, by the Rev. ]\Ir. 
McEvoy. It is an incorjoorated body, in a flourishing con- 
dition, occujiying an elegant house, No. 235 East Broad- 
way, and has already shown its ability for gi'eat good. 


The schools are in a high state of efficiency and 
prosperity. Tlie Clmstian Brotliers, in the Pitt Street 
school, have six hundred boys under their care; and the 
Sisters of Charity, in Madison Street, direct seven hun- 
dred and fifty girh. Music and drawing- teachers attend 
both schools. These institutions are supported mainly by 
a ten-cent collection taken up by a regailar organization 
ramifying tlu-ough the whole parish. 

The historian of the parish says with honest pride : 
" The number of religious male and female, who were 
of St. Mary's childi-en, it would be now impossible to 
determine. Sisters and clostered nuns, who sought their 
vocation before St. Mary's altar, may be found through- 
out the length and breadth of the land. Priests are nu- 
merous and pastors not few who were among St. Mary's 
boys, as was also the Rt. Rev. Prelate, Bishop McNeir- 
ny." . . . " The best authorities among us estimate the 
number of religious who found their vocation in old St. 
Mary's as fully three hundred." 

The Rev. E. J. O'Reilly has been assisted by the 
Rev. Messrs. Thomas P. Neade, who died in September, 
1873 ; John Drumgoole, since laboring in a special work 
among homeless boys; Michael B. McEvoy, and II. P. 
Baxter. The present cm-ates are the Rev. Patrick S. 
Rigney, the Rev. John Gleason, and the Rev. Michael 
J. Quinn. 

Since its organization there have been fully forty 



tliousand baptisms in this cliureh. Even with the parish 

circiimscribed and reduced, and other churches within 

Its hmits where the sacrament is administered, the annual 
baptisms exceed five hundi-ed. 

Roll of Honor 

.'\<kmson, Edward. 
Barrett, John C. 
Barrett, Patrick. 
Baleson, James. 
Battie, Sarah. 
Beattie, Jonathan. 
Blake, Charles P. 
Bliel, Ann, Mrs. 
Boyle, Mary Ann, Mrs. 
Brady, Nicholas. 
Browne, Thomas. 
Burns, Denis. 
Burns, John. 
Butler, Michael. 
Byrne, Daniel. 
Callan, Mary. 
Callanan, James. 
■ Cantwell, John. 
Canty, John. 
Carberry, Michael. 
Carr, Margaret, Mrs. 
Carroll, Mary, Mrs. 
Carroll. Thomas C. 
Casey, Dominick. 
Caulficid, Ann, Mrs. 
Clare, Patrick. 
Clarke, Matthew. 
Cleary, Mary, Mrs. 
Cluff, Thomas. 
Coffey, Francis. 
Collins, Cornelius. 
Collins, Michael. 
Condon, James. 
Conlan, Anne. 
Connell, Margaret A. 

Connell, Mary, Mrs. 
Conroy, Thomas. 
Cook, Thomas. 
Cooley, William, Mrs. 
Coss, Bridget. 
Coster, Henry. 
Coyle, John. 
Crawley, Henry. 
Cregan, C, Mrs. 
Cromien, Lawrence. 
Crowley, John. 
Crowley, Patrick. 
Culhane, John. 
Cummings, Thomas. 
Cunnion, Patrick. 
Curran, James. 
Cushing, Martin J. 

Daly, Peter. 

Desmond, Patrick. 

Devinney, Michael, Mrs. 

Dillon, Timothy. 

Donegan, Roger. 

Dolan, Robert. 

Donohoe, Jeftrey. 

Donovan, John. 

Donovan, Patrick. 

Doorley, Etty. 

Doran, E., Mrs. 

Doran, Michael. 

Douherty, Edmond. 

Dougherty, William. 

Dowling, Martin. 

DriscoU, Catharine, Mrs. 

DufTey, Benianl. 

DniTey. Peter. 

Duffy, James. 
Dunn, Thomas. 
Dwyer, Patrick J. 
Dwycr, Timothy. 
Ennis, Rosie A. 
Fagan, Bridget, Mrs. 
Farrell, Catharine J., Mrs. 
Farrell, James. 
Farrell, Thomas. 
Finley, John. 
Finton, Thomas. 

Fitzgerald, John. 

Fitzgerald, Michael. 

Fitzhenry, Mary, Mrs. 

Fitzpatrick, John. 

Fitzpatrick, Patrick. 

Flanagan, Bernard. 

Fleming, Daniel. 

Foley, Mary A., Mrs. 

Follis, Dominick. 

Fox, Patrick J. 

Gafthey, E., Mrs. 

Galvin, John. 

Galvvay, Nicholas. 

Geoghagan, Michael. 

Goodwin, Mary, Mrs. 

Gonzalez, John. 

Haffay, Cornelius. 

Haffey, John. 

Hanly, Thomas. 

Hart, Cornelius. 

Hart, John. 
Hayes, John. 
Hayes, Richard. 
Hill, Peter. 


Hogan, Thomas. 

McNally, Bernard. 

Purcell, Michael. 

Horan, John F. 

McReniflF, John. 

Pye, Mary, Mrs. 

Hoye, Joseph. 

Macklin, James. 

Quinn, Edward F. 

Hughes, John H. 

Maker, Dennis. 

Regan, Mary. 

Hyland, James. 

Maher, Thomas F. 

Reilly, Mary. 

Jordan, John T. 

Mahon, James. 

Reilly, Michael. 

Kane, Patrick. 

Mahoney, Dennis. 

Roche, Ann, Mrs. 

Kavanagh, Annie, Mrs. 

Mahony, David J. 

Rooney, Catharine. 

Kearny, Joseph O. 

Malone, Ann, Mrs. 

Rooney, Mary Frances, 


Keary, Patrick J. 

Malony, Catharine. 

Scott, Ellen L., Mrs. 

Kelly, Francis. 

Mancha, Elizabeth, Mrs. 

Seavy, Jane, Mrs. 

Kennedy, John J. 

Mangin, Michael. 

Shalbey, Edward. 

Kennedy, Thomas. 

Manning, Michael. 

Shell, N. 

ICenny, Patrick. 

May, Andrew. 

Sheridan, Edward. 

Keohane, Dennis. 

Meade, Thomas. 

Sherry, Mary A., Miss. 

Killevey, Thomas. 

Meehan, James. 

Shorky, John, Mrs. 

Lane, Daniel. 

Meehan, John M. 

Sinnott, James. 

Lane, Thomas. 

Melville, Dennis. 

Slattery, David. 

Lang, Alice, Mrs. 

Mitchell, Maigaret A. 

Slattery, J. 

Larkin, James B. 

Molony, F. 

Smith, Charles B. 

Leonard, Bridget. 

Monaghan, Owen. 

Smith, Hugh. 

Lowney, Martha. 

Moore, James. 

Smith, Mary. 

Lynch, Joseph A. 

Moore, Margaret, Mrs. 

Soden, David H. 

Lynch, Patrick. 

Moran, Peter. 

Stack, Edward. 

Lynch, Peter. 

Morgan, Sarah, Mrs. 

Stackpole, Julia, Mrs. 

Lyon, Mary, Mrs. 

Mullins, John. 

Stewart, Bridget, Mrs. 

Lyons, Cornelius. 

MuUins, Michael. 

Stokes, Mary. 

McArdle, John. 

Mullins, William. 

Sullivan, Cornelius. 

McArdle, Peter. 

Murphy, Daniel J. 

Sullivan, John. 

McBarron, James W. 

Murray, CorneUus. 

Sullivan, Lizzie. 

McCarthy, Charles. 

Murray, James. 

SulUvan, Mary, Mrs. 

McCarthy, James. 

Nagle, Patrick. 

Sullivan, Michael. 

McCarthy, Mary, Mrs. 

Nevin, C. 

Swanton, John. 

McCarthy, Michael. 

Nolan, Anthony. 

Sweeney, Patrick L. 

McClancy, Stephen. 

Nolan, Ella, Miss. 

Taylor, Bridget. 

McCormick, Peter A. 

Nolan, John. 

Taylor, Catharine. 

McDevitt, Edward & Cath. 

O'Brien, Daniel. 

Tiernan, James. 

McDonnell, James. 

O'Brien, M. 

Travers, James A. 

McGrath, Roddy. 

O'Brien, Owen. 

Twigg, Timothy. 

McGuire, J. T. 

O'Conner, James. 

Valentine, George. 

McGuire, Mary, Mrs. 

O'Conner, William H. 

Wallace, William. 

McKeever, Ann Teresa. 

O'Connor, Patrick. 

Walsh, Patrick. 

McKenna, William James. 

O'Connor, Richard. 

Waters, Patrick. 

McKerby, Bridget, Mrs. 

O'Donnell, Andrew. 

Welch, William J. 

McKnight, John E. 

O'Neill, D. 

Whalen, Michael. 

McLaughlin, Patrick. 

Parsons, Frederick J. 

White, Maurice. 

McMahon, Ilonora, Miss. 

Patten, Matthew. 

White, Michael. 

McMahon, Michael, Mrs. 

Pratt, Michael. 

Wilford, Francis. 



THIS clergyman, wliose thirty years' labor as a 
priest in the diocese has received from his Em- 
inence Cardinal McCloskey a token of appreciation in his 
selection as a member of his conncil as Archbishop of 
New York, is a native of the South. 

He was born at Savannah, Georgia, on the first 
day of September, 1824, while his native State formed 
part of the Diocese of Charleston, then guided by that 
glory of our episcopate. Bishop England. He Avas gradu- 
ated at Mount St. Mary's, Maryland, and, after pm-suing 
his theological studies at St. Joseph's Seminary, Fordham, 
New York, he received priest's orders at the hands of 
Bishop Hughes, on the 23d of September, 1848, in St. 
Patrick's Catheth-al. 

On the day of his ordination he was appointed 
pastor of the Church of Oiu- Lady of Mercy, Portchester, 
whence he attended also the Catholics at the old Hugue- 
not settlement, New Rochelle. Finding that the Chm-ch 
of St. Matthew at this point was likely to increase, he 
made it his principal care, and in 1849 removed to that 


place. He remained in charge of the two congregations 
for some years, highly esteemed by his flock. 

In 1853, he was appointed pastor of the Chnrch of 
St. Patrick, in Newbiirgh, and directed every effort to 
the good of his people and the interest of religion, the 
children being his especial care. One of the earliest results 
of his energy and zeal was a neat and comparatively 
large school-house, in which were employed competent 
secular teachers for both boys and girls; but at a later 
period the girls were confided to the care of the Sisters 
of Chanty. 

"When Rev. Mr. O'Reilly foiled to obtain a share of 
the public funds, to aid in can-ying on his schools, far 
from being discouraged, he set to work with renewed 
ardor to meet his responsibility. 

During the fourteen years that he spent in New- 
burgh, the parish of St. Patrick's prospered so under his 
fostering care that it came to be regarded as one of 
the leading parishes outside the City of New York. 
The chm-ch, schools, societies, and the many great works 
which cluster round a large parish, are the monuments 
left by this zealous pastor to recall his memory. De- 
spite his modest, humble manner — a manner that so often 
effectually covers sterling worth — his people found the 
key to those inner qualities that seldom appear on the 
surface ; while those not of his own flock recognized in 
him a man of high intellectual stamp. Therefore it is little 


to be wondered at that on going to tlie next scene of 
his labors lie carried with him the love and gratitude 
of his flock. 

Towards the close of May, 1867, he was appointed 
by the Most Reverend Archbishop to St. Mary's, which 
at an earlier period was one of the most popiilovis parishes 
in the City of New York. Here he continued his career 
of usefulness, and soon learned that with narrowed re- 
sources he must meet heav)^ church expenses and carry 
on the schools. 

When the Most Reverend Ai-chbishop McCloskey, in 
1868, convened the third diocesan synod of his diocese, 
the Rev. E. J. O'Reilly acted as secretary of that im- 
poi'tant convention of the clergy. 

In 1873, the Most Reverend Archbishop selected him 
as a member of his council, one of his advisers and 
consul ters in the management of important affairs relating 
to the diocese. 

On the 20th of September, 1875, he Avas chosen to 
deliver, in St. Peter's Chm-ch, a sermon at the mass 
offered for those who had gloriously laid down their 
lives in defence of the Holy See. 

His labors in his own j^fi^i'ish, and the improvements 
accomplished by him, are already recorded in the sketch 
of the clnu'ch, and need not be repeated here. 

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THE church dedicated to the celebrated penitent 
of the gospel, model, by her contrition and love, 
of all who renounce the wide and flowery ways of sin 
to tread the narrow and arduous way of the cross that 
leads to life, is one of the most recent of the religious 
edifices erected by the German Catholics of New York 
City. It is due mainly to the zeal of the present pas- 
tor, the Rev. Adam F. Tonner, who, while assistant at 
St. Nicholas' Chm-ch, felt assm-ed that another German 
chm-ch in that part of the city was peremptorily demanded. 

The Most Reverend Archbishop was convinced by 
the cogency of his arguments, and permitted the attempt. 
In the district assigned to him, he looked around for a 
suitable hall in which to gather the Catholics, and for- 
tunately obtained a large room in Temperance Hall, on 
the comer of Twenty-third Street and Second Avenue, 
one of the Father Matthew temperance societies having 
kindly given the new pastor the use of the hall for two 

Having thus secured a place where for tlie time he- 
ing the Holy Sacrifice could be off"ered, he purchased 


lots on Nineteentli Street, and commenced the erection 
of" a church in honor of St. Mary Magdalen. The first 
mass in the new district was offered up b}' the i)astor, 
August 10th, 1873. 

The cornei'-stone of the new edifice was laid li}- the 
Rev. Father Joseph Wirth, then rector of the Chiu'ch 
of the Most Holy Redeemer, in Third Street, and at 
present pastor of the Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori. 

The -work was then pushed on i-apidly, so that the 
cluu'ch was completed before the end of the }'ear. 

The Church of St. Mary Magdalen was solemnly ded- 
icated to the service of Almight}- God, with all the 
grandeur of the Roman rite, on the 12th day of Octo- 
ber, 1878. The Ver}- Rev. William Quinn, Vicar Gen- 
eral of the diocese, officiated on the occasion, and a 
sermon was preached at the High Mass that followed, 
the sacred orator being the Redemptorist Father Klei- 
neidam. Many of the city clerg)- were present, among 
others the Rev. Father Ivo, superior of the Capuchin 
Fathers at the Clnu-ch of Om* Lady of Sorrows, and 
Father Arnold. 

The chm-ch thus opened to divine worship has since 
prospered, the Di\^ne favor being manifest. As the" con- 
ffresration has increased, there is a desire to erect a school- 
house, and to obtain a convenient and suitable edifice 
for a parochial residence. 




THE pastor of the Chm-cli of St. Blary Magdalen 
was born in Foehrer, near Treves, Priissia, on 
the 5tli of December, 1835. He came to tliis country 
in the month, of October, 1848, and, resolving to devote 
his life and talents to serve God in His holy ministry, he 
entered St. Vincent's College, Pennsylvania, and after a 
preliminary training there, under the learned and experi- 
enced Benedictines, he proceeded to Canada, and in the 
Greater or Theological Seminary at Montreal, prepared 
to receive those holy orders Avhich were to enroll him 
among the priests of God. He was ordained by the 
Most Reverend Archbishop McCloskey, in St. Patrick's 
Cathedral, on the 26th of June, 1865. 

The iirst mission of the young priest was that of 
assistant in the Church of St. Nicholas, on Second Street, 
where he remained until he gathered a new flock around 
the altar of the holy penitent of Magdala. Then he 
erected the chiirch which is a conspicuous monument of 
his zeal and perseverance. 

His assistant is the Rev. Gallus Briider. 

Roll of Honor. 

Frank May. Frank Blaiseun. Jacob Bertram. 



THERE seems to be evidence that to the mighty 
Archangel St. Michael, the prince of the hosts 
of the Lord, was dedicated the first Catholic chapel ever 
reared on the soil of our republic. The churcli styles him 
the " standard bearer," and he thvis bore the standard of 
the faith into the territory we now occupy. It was most 
fitting then that New York should have a church especially 
dedicated to this great angel, where his jjowerful protec- 
tion over our whole country might be more directly im- 

St. Michael was the leader of the faithful ansrels 
against Lucifer; he was the jn-otector of the Jewish 
nation ; the prophet Daniel saw his power and influence ; 
St. Jude and St. John tell us of his influence. The 
Chm'ch constantly invokes him — in the mass at the Con- 
fiteor ; in the incensing of the altar ; in the recommend- 
ation of a departing soul, and in the Mass for the Dead; 
in the Litany of the Saints. She celebrates two feasts 
in his honor — liis apparition during a pestilence in Rome 
on the 8th of May ; the dedication of a church under 

his invocation on the 29th of September. To Catholics 


of New York, this last feast is also the anniversary of 
the first martyr who, witliin the present limits of the 
State, shed his blood for the faith of Jesus Christ. 

It was a happy thought that led the Rev. Arthur J. 
Donnelly to place under such a patron the parish con- 
fided to his care, in the summer of 1857, by the Most 
Eev. Archbishop Hughes. The rapid increase of Catho- 
lics on the western side of the island, between the 
Church of St. Columba and that of the Holy Cross, led 
the Most Reverend Ai-chbishop to lay off a new parish, 
extending from Twenty-eighth to Thirty-eighth Street, 
and from Sixth Avenue to the banks of the Hudson. 

As the young pastor was instructed to erect his 
church as near midway as possible between the two ex- 
isting chm'ches, biit further west, he piu'chased, for eleven 
thousand dollars, a plot on Thirty-fii'st Street, between 
Ninth and Tenth Avenues. 

Before he could form any plans for erecting his 
church, the great financial crisis of 1857 occurred. Thou- 
sands were thrown out of employment, and this was es- 
pecially the case in the parish of St. Michael. The very 
site he had purchased was slipping from the pastor's 
hand. A preliminary payment had been made ; more had 
to be paid or the whole would be lost. Loans, obtained 
with exertion among personal friends, enabled him to 
overcome the first difiiculty. The ground was St. Mi- 


To attempt the erection of a cliui-ch under such 
ch'cumstances would have been madness ; but the Rev. 
Mr. Donnelly was not one to sit still and wait. He was 
a pastor, and his flock must have a place to meet and 
offer up the Holy Sacrifice. In the rear of the lot was 
a row of time-worn two-story frame houses. By re- 
moving the floors and strengthening the frames, these, 
with a cheap brick extension running to the street, formed 
the temporary chapel of St. Michael and the residence 
of the pastor. 

On Sunday, the 20tli of September, 1857, this chapel 
was formally opened, and mass celebrated, the Very Rev. 
William Starrs, the Vicar General, and more than once 
administrator of the diocese, preaching. When the pe- 
riod of financial distress had passed, the Rev. Mr. Don- 
nelly collected means to pay off the indebtedness he had 
incurred, and to begin, in a quiet, steady way, to erect 
the church. During the year 1861, when the country 
was resounding with the din of civil war, the basement 
story of the new church was built ai'ound the tempo- 
rary chapel, the services in which were never distiu-bed. 
When the new walls had risen to a sufiicient height, a 
roof was tlu'own over it, the first structure removed, and 
the new chapel was fitted ^lp for divine service. 

The Holy Sacrifice of the mass was celebrated here 
for the first time on the feast of St. Michael, when it 
was dedicated by his Grace the Most Reverend John 


Hug-lies, who preached on the occasion, his text being, 
" My house is the house of prayer." 

The church as thus adapted for use was eighty feet 
on Thirty-first Street, approached tlu'ough an entrance on 
Thirty-second Street, where the buikhng was only twenty- 
five feet wide. The front tliere was of brown stone. 
Owing to the difference of the grade in the two streets, 
the entrance on Thirty-first Street Avas much liigher than 
the level (_>f the next street, and by slightly raising the 
floor of the part intended for the chmxh, a convenient 
room was obtained for school purposes. 

In this somewhat em'ious but convenient chapel the 
congregation continued to worship for some time, cheered 
by the encouraging approval of the Archbishop to pro- 
ceed with their edifice. Undeterred by the uncertain state 
of public affairs, the pastor went bravely on. The front 
wall and tower were completed in 1862, and in the en- 
suing year the rear and side walls rose, and the cluu-ch 
was enclosed. It was finally completed according to the 
original plan early in 1864, and gave a fine church one 
hundred feet in depth. 

It was solemnly dedicated on the 10th of April, 
1864, by the Very Rev. William StaiTS, administrator of 
the diocese during the vacancy of the see after the death 
of Archbishop Hughes. 

The health of the pastor soon after compelled him 
to visit Europe, but he returned full of courage, and 


resolved to make his j^arish a model. His prospects de- 
manded more land, and as occasion offered he purchased 
piece after piece. Before many years he had acquired ten 
additional lots, giving him fronts on the avenue and the 
two adjacent streets. 

In 1867, having ground for the purpose, he set to 
work to carry his church tkrough its full width from 
street to street — a length of two hundred feet. It 
was, when thus completed, a peculiarly fine and grand 

The church, thus completed, was dedicated May 17, 
1868, by his Grace the Most Reverend John McCloskey, 
Archbishop of New York, who delivei'ed a sermon on 
the occasion. 

At the opening of his labors the pastor was struck 
by the small number of children who appeared in the 
chm'ch. He opened a Sunday-school, but few joined it. 
The children had evidently not been trained by their 
parents to feel the obligation of hearing mass on Sun- 
days. Many, by attending the public schools under the 
masked proselytism or religion-extirpating system there 
prevalent, were growing up indifferent to all religion. 
This was a ten-ible state of things, to be checked and 
refonned. The Rev. Mr. Donnelly said a mass specially 
for the children, and kept at his Sunday-school till lie 
had twelve hundred Avho came regularl)- to mass and in- 
struction. All he could do he felt to be inadequate, 


yet lie was hot in a position to establish a Catholic 

At last, however, on the 10th of Jime, 1866, the 
corner-stone of the girls' school was laid, by his Grace 
the Most Rev. Ai-chbi,shop McCloskey, and the basement 
built. When the extension of the chui'ch Avas completed, 
the work on the schools was pushed, and both schools 
were ready for use in 1870. 

It was not enough to save the rising generation. 
The Rev. Mr. Donnelly, to foster vocations in his parish, 
opened a class for all who felt called to the ministry. 
In 1867, when he proposed it, nearly a hundred pre- 
sented themselves. Of these he selected twenty-five, and 
they formed a nucleus of a body destined to give future 
pastors to our churches. Eight of the original twenty-five 
persevered. The Rev. S. J. Nagle, who completed his 
studies at St. Sulpice, Paris, and was ordained in the 
seminary at Troy, was the first fruits of Mr. Donnelly's 
zeal. The Rev. Alfred Evans soon followed, and one by 
one they were ordained for service in the missions. 

The parochial schools were finally opened, to the 
great joy of the parish, in September, 1870 ; the boys' 
school with foiu- hundi'ed scholars, under seven teachers. 

The erection of the gu-ls' school was completed some 
years after, but it was a question how to insm-e a suc- 
cession of competent teachers. The orders engaged in 
instruction in the city seemed overtasked ; and, after long 


deliberation and considtation, the Rev. ]\Ir. Donnelly con- 
cluded that the interests of his parish would be most 
advanced by introducing the Presentation Nuns — an Irish 
order founded by Miss Nano Nagle, in the last century. 
With the approval of the Most Reverend Archbishop, he 
went to Ireland, in 1874, and obtained from the convents 
of Terenure and Clondalkin, near Dublin, five confessed 
Sisters, who, with Rev. Mother ]\Iary Joseph Hickey as 
superior, came, accompanied by five postulants, to foiuid 
the order in America. They were warmly welcomed by 
the parish on their arrival, September 8th, 1874, and soon 
after took possession of the convent prepared for them. 
They opened St. Michael's parochial school for girls, with 
six hundred pupils. 

These schools with the parochial residence foi-m an 
imposing mass of buildings on Ninth Avenue. They are 
in modem Gothic style — the fii'st story of Connecticut 
stone, the upper stories of brick trimmed with stone. The 
windows are in doublets, with hooded and depressed pointed 
arches. At each angle of the building is a tower. The 
entrances on each street are fine ; that on Ninth Avenue 
is surmounted by a panel of marble, with St. Michael 
crushing the dragon in relievo. The rooms are well 
lighted and ventilated, and there is a fine exhibition hall 
reserved for great occasions. The whole structm-e was 
erected under the supervision of the architect, Mr. L. J. 
O'Connor, and cost about a hundred thousand dollars. 


The various cliurch building-s, with the schools, have 
cost over fooi- hundi'ed thousand dollars, of which ninety- 
two thousand remains unpaid. 

The church is organized luader the law of March 
25th, 1863, the original trustees in 1866 being the Most 
Reverend Archbishop ; the Very Rev. William StaiTs, V.Gr. ; 
Rev. Artluu' J. Donnelly, pastor; Edward Fitzpatrick, and 
Michael Canning. 

So zealous a pastor would naturally establish socie- 
ties. The Association of St. Michael includes almost every 
adult worthy of the name of Catholic in the parish. 
Wliile it has formed the members to the practical dis- 
charge of their spiritual dvities, it has quickened their 
zeal, and this society has given more than one hundi-ed 
thousand dollars towards the chiu'ch and schools, and de- 
votes its whole revenue to the support of the latter. The 
Young Men's Catholic Lyceum, founded by the Rev. 
Thomas J. Ducey, and occupying a house of its own, is 
destined to do incalculable good to the Catholic young 
men of the whole city. There is also the St. Michael's 
Total Abstinence Society, doing its good Avork. 

The Presentation Nuns, since then- coming into the 
parish, have established the Sodality of St. Monica, whose 
objects are: First, to afford to adult women of every 
state of life the beneiit of religious instruction in their 
respective duties; second, to insm-e to its members the 
opportunity of sanctifying the Sunday by giving a due 


2)roportion of it to religions exercise.s ; third, to pro- 
mote the regular and devont frequentation of the sacra- 
ments ; fourth, the proper training of the young ; fifth, 
to promote peace, order, and cheerfulness in Christian 
families ; sixth, the visitation and spiritual comfort of 
the sick. 

Among the deceased members of the parish, whose 
generous contributions have encouraged Father Donnelly 
in all his undertakings during their lives, or ^vllo have 
left generous bequests, and whose names shall live in 
the parish in gi-ateful remembrance, are Owen Kenny, 
John O'Neill, formerly of Thirty-fifth Street; Cornelius 
Doyle, Richard Murray, John ]\IcGrane, Malachi Fitzpat- 
rick, Robert McCormick, William Wilson, Timothy Maro- 
ney, Bernard Mm-ray, Michael Donnelly, James Conway, 
late of Sixty-first Street; Owen Mallon, Patrick McElroy, 
late of Lexington Avenue ; Daniel Early, Thomas Cos- 
tello, Mrs. Margaret Byrne, Jlrs. Owen Mallon, ]\Irs. 
Margaret Maguire, Mrs. Ann Ilurst, Mrs. Ann Led\vith, 
Mrs. Francis McNulty, Mrs. Catharine McCusker. 

Roll of Honor. 

Bambrick, James. Brice, Charles. Callary, Mary A., Mrs. 

Bathe, Christopher. Brice, Henry. Canning, Michael. 

Bogiie, Thomas. Brice, John. Cannon, Mich.ael. 

Boylan, Michael. Brown, Patrick. Carey, Thomas F. 

Boyle, Thomas. Bryant, E., Miss. Carroll, Michael. 

Bradley, Margaret. Bulger, P. J. Cassiily, Martin. 

Brangan, Lawrence. Bush, Christopher J., Mrs. Clancy, John. 



Clarke, James. 
Cleary, John. 
Cockerill, Thomas. 
Cody, Elizabeth, Mrs. 
Coffey, Ann, Mrs. 
Conboy, Michael. 
Connell, Catharine, Mrs. 
Connell, Peter. 
Connolly, Catharine. 
Connolly, Peter J. 
Conroy, John. 
Corcoran, Michael, Mrs. 
Corrigan, Edward. 
Coyle, Thomas V. 
Craggy, John. 
Curnen, James. 
Darcy, Mary. 
Davis, Mary. 
De Noville, Zephine. 
Dillon, James, Mrs. 
Donnelly, D. M. 
Donnolly, Michael, Mrs. 
Donohue, William. 
Doran, Edward A. 
Dougherty, Felix. 
Dougherty, Jolm. 
Early, John. 
Evans, Mrs. 
Evers, K. L., Mrs. 
Farley, Delia. 
Farrelly, Maggie. 
Finnin, Michael. 
Fitzgerald, James. 
Fitzgerald, Michael. 
Fitzpatrick, B., Mrs. 
Fitzpatrick, Edward. 
Fitzpatrick, John. 
Fitzpatrick, William, Mrs. 
Flemming, Murtaugh. 
Fox, Mary. 
Fulton, John. 
Gallagher, L. V. 
Grace, Robert S. 
Graham, Patrick. 
Gregory, Mary, Mrs. 
Hagan, Arthur. 
Hagan, Bernard. 
Hand, Arthur. 
Hand, Michael. 
Hannan, John. 
Harty, Jeremiah. 

Hatherley, Thomas R. 
Haxton, William. 
Hearn, Thomas, Mrs. 
Hennessey, Patrick J., Mrs. 
Hogan, John. 
Horrigan, Thomas. 
Hussey, Edward M. F. 
Hurst, George. 
Hynch, Patrick. 
Jaques, Zackariah. 
Joyce, Edward. 
Keating, Patrick. 
Keenan, William. 
Kennedy, James. 
Kenney, Daniel E. 

Kenny, Peter D. 

Kettle, Philip. 

Kieran, John. 

Kiernan, .\ndrew. 

Laracy, Philip. 

Lavary, Daniel. 

Lee, Samuel. 

Logan, Ann. 

McAleer, Michael, Mrs. 

McCabe, James. 

McCann, Bridget, Miss. 

McCarthy, Matthew. 

McCoy, Patrick. 

McCusker, Michael. 

McDonald, James F., Mrs. 

McElvey, John. 

McGee, James, Mrs. 

McGill, Richard. 

McGookin, Andrew. 

McGowan, Felix. 

McGrath, Patrick. 

McGrath, Philip. 

McGuire, Thomas J. 

McKenna, Charles. 

McKeown, Edward. 

McNaly, James. 

Mack, Anton, Mrs. 

Maher, Edward. 

Mahon, Annie A. 

Mahon, Richard. 

Mahoney, Eliza. 

Mallon, Charles. 

Mallon, John. 

Maloney, Thomas. 

Mannion, Dennis. 

Marron, Daniel. 

Meehan, Patrick J. 

Meredith, Philip. 
Montague, Edward. 
Morgan, Francis. 
Mulligan, John. 
Murphy, Catharine, Mrs. 
Murphy, Bernard K. 
Murphy, Johanna. 
Murphy, John. 
Murphy, Julia. 
Murphy, Margaret. 
Murray, Annie. 
Murray, Peter. 
Naglc, Michael H. 
O'Brien, C. F. 
O'Brien, John. 

O'Brien, Patrick. 

O'Donnell, Mary, Mrs. 

O'Grady, James. 

O'Hara, Arthur. 

O'Neill, John. 

O'Rourke, Ann, Mrs. 

Phelan, Patrick. 

Quinn, Daniel, 

Quinn, Michael. 

Raine, Thomas J. 

Rayy, Josephine. 

Reid, Mrs. 

Reilly, John. 

Reynolds, John. 

Reynolds, Thomas. 

Rice, Thomas. 

Rogers, Francis. 

Ryan, Cornelius. 

Ryan, John. 

Salmon, William. 

Scully, Thomas. 

Shannon, David. 

Shey, Sylvester M. 

Shine, Julia. 

Shue, Donard. 

Smith, James. 

Smith, Matthew, Mrs. 

Starr, Mary. 

Stokes, Thomas. 

Tobin, Michael. 

Toner, Thomas. 

Torney, John. 

Wall, Catharine, Mrs. 

Walsh, Michael. 

Wilson, Aubray C. 




REV. Ai-tlnir J. Donnelly was bom on the 19tli 
of January, 1820, in Atliy, County Kildare, 
Ireland, and Avas brought hither by his parents, who 
emigrated to New York in 1827. His father intending 
him for commercial pursiTits, liis education was directed 
to that end, and was principally received in the schools 
of St. Mary's ChtU'ch — first in the original church in 
Sheriff Street, then in the temporary church comer of 
Pitt and Grand Streets, and finally in the present church. 
Leaving school in his fourteenth year, he served a short 
apprenticeship to a diy goods firm doing business in tliis 
city and Paterson, N. J. This firm succumbed to the 
panic of 1836, and closed its business. He was then 
engaged by Lord & Taylor, whose only store at that 
time was in Catharine Street. With tliis finn he remained 
eight years, filling a confidential position the latter part 
of the time. In 1844, he formed a copartnership and 
entered into business with his cousin, the late David P. 
Campion, under the title of Campion & Donnelly. Dur- 
ing these years the atti-actions and excitements of 


commercial life did not suppress an oft-felt desire to 
stndy for the priesthood, which was not acted on, prob- 
ably because no opening presented itself for the purpose. 
During his youth there was no school in New York 
calculated to develop a vocation or point out the road to 
the priesthood. In 184G, St. Joseph's Seminary was 
established by Bishop Hughes, and placed in charge of 
the Jesuit Fathers. A few visits to that institution and 
an acquaintance formed with some of its students led Mr. 
Donnelly to abandon commercial life for the sanctuary. 
Having been cordially received by Bishop Hughes, who 
approved of his resolution, he withdrew from business and 
entered St. Joseph's Seminary a few months after its 

He was ordained priest by the Most Reverend Arch- 
bishop Hughes, in St. Patrick's Cathedi-al, on the 6th of 
October, 1852, and on the 28th of the same month was 
sent to ]\Ianhattanville to organize a parish and erect a 
church. In our sketch of the Chm-ch of the Annuncia- 
tion we have seen how well he succeeded in the task 
confided to him, at the very outset of his sacerdotal 

On the 14th of October, 1855, he was ti-ansfen-ed 
to Fordham, to assume a position for which his business 
ability gave him singular advantages — that of procm'ator 
of St. Joseph's Theological Seminary, as well as to fonn 
a new parish and organize into a congregation the Cath- 


olics in that district who began to frequent the chiu-ch 
connected with the seminary. 

When he had spent two yeai's in this position, to 
the complete satisfaction of the Most Reverend Ai'ch- 
bishop, his colleagues, and his flock, his Grace resolved 
to give a wider and more important field for the exercise 
of his priestly qualities. He sent him (Tiice more to or- 
ganize a parish and erect a chmxh ; but, far-seeing as that 
great prelate was, and himself full of grand ideas for the 
future of Catholicity, he could not for a moment have 
anticipated such results as have followed from the ap- 
pointment of the Rev. A. J. Donnelly to the parochial 
district of St. Michael's. 

Nor has his infliience been confined to this parish. 
He was appointed by Ai'chbishop Hughes to frame and 
prepare a uniform system of parochial books and ac- 
counts, which proved a work requiring great experience 
and knowledge, and attest his ability. 

Since 1873 he has been a member of the council 
of his Eminence the Archbishop of New York, a re- 
sponsible as well as honorable position, in itself a proof 
of the high esteem in which he is held. 






BOUT the yeai- 1842, the tremendous opposition 
made by the vaiious Protestant denominations, 
when the CathoHcs asked the restoration of the old 
New York plan of aiding all religious schools, had a 
most beneficial effect in arousing the whole Cathohc 
body on the island to a sense of their rights and wants. 
It gave them new life, and was followed by a prompt 
extension of Catholic chm-ches and institutions. 

At that time, the Catholic, starting from St. Mary's 
northward along the East River side of the island, looked 
in vain for any sign of his faith till he reached Fiftieth 
Street, where St. John's was just struggling into exist- 
ence, except the little German Church of St. Nicholas. 
With these exceptions, the whole district was bm-ied in 
darkness and the shadow of death. 

The Rev. Andi-ew Byrne, a far-sighted and active 
clergyman, who believed in establishing new churches 
wherever possible, had looked anxiously for some oppor- 
tunity to organize a new parish in that part of the 
city. At last, in February, 1842, the announcement of 
legal sales proclaimed that, by order of the Court of 



Chancery, a large and commodious building on Second 
Avenue, which had been erected as a house of worship 
and occujwed hj a Presbyterian congregation, would be 
sold to the highest bidder. 

At the auction the bids were reasonable, and the 
chiu'ch was purchased, in behalf of Rev. Mr. Byrne, by 
Edward Roche, Esq. As there was no part of the city 
where a church was more needed, this purchase was 
hailed by the Catholics. The Right Reverend Bishop 
Hughes had given his earnest sanction to the project, 
and itjOw assigned the Rev. Mr. Byrne to this new field 
of labor. The church was fitted up for Catholic wor- 
ship, the Liturgy of the Apostles, of the Catacombs, of 
the Ages of Faith. A very neat and chaste altar, with 
rich gilt candlesticks, a painting of the Crucifixion as an 
altar-piece, with paintings of the Annunciation and the 
Assumption of oiu- Lady at the sides, showed that the 
edifice was to be used for a purer and holier faith. 

It was solemnly dedicated on the 5th of June, 1842. 
The event attracted great numbers of Protestants as well 
as Catholics — no tickets being issued. The Right Rev- 
erend Bishop Hughes performed the dedication service, 
which deeply impressed all, ' especially the Protestant por- 
tion, particularly at the moment Avhen the officiating 
prelate, after moving ai'ovmd the outside of the edifice, 
advanced tlu-ough the great door in solemn procession up 
the nave to the altar. 


After the dedication of the chiu-ch to tlie .seryice of 
Ahiiighty God, under the invocation of the Nativit}' of 
our Lord, a Pontifical High Mass was offered by the Rt. 
Rev. Benedict J. Fenwick, D.D., Bishop of Boston, one 
of the oldest li\'ing of the early priests of New York. 
The Rev. John J. Conroy, afterwards Bishop of Albany, 
was deacon, and Rev. Dr. Ilarley, too soon to l^e lost 
to the diocese, officiated as subdeacon ; the Rev. D. W. 
Bacon, who was to become, in time. Bishop of Portland, 
acted as master of ceremonies. In the sanctuary were also 
the Rev. Messrs. Starrs, McCarron, and O'Neill. 

After the gospel of the day, the Rt. Rev. Bishop 
Hvxghes preached, St. Paul's First Epistle to the Corin- 
thians (iii. 4), furnishing the text : " For no one can lay 
another foundation, but that which is laid, which is Christ 
Jesus." For more than an hour his eloquence kept the 
congregation fixed in profound attention. He spoke in 
warm commendation of the prompt and liberal aid given 
to the new pastor, to whom the Catholic community was 
indebted for this new church, by Dr. Roche, liimself not 
a Catholic. 

The attendance was very large — estimated at two 
thousand five hundred — but no confusion took place, so 
perfect were the aiTangements. 

The new parish was soon organized, and prosperous 
under the care of the Rev. Dr. Byrne, but on his appoint- 
ment as Bishop of Little Rock, Arkansas, the Rev. Ed- 


ward O'Neill became pastor. The Rev. Richard Kein was, 
from 1844 for several years, assistant and then pastor, till 
he founded St. Bridget's Church. 

In September, 1847, the Rev. George McCloskey 
was appointed pastor, and for more than twenty years 
was the revered priest of the parish of the Nativity. 
During this long period he was assisted from time to 
time by various clergymen — the Rev. John Shanahan, one 
of Bishop Connolly's priests, in 1848 ; the Rev. John 
Murray Forbes in 1852 ; in the following year by his 
brother, the Rev. William McCloskey, subsequently rector 
of the American College at Rome, and now Bishop of 
Louisville, Kentucky ; the Rev. Felix H. Fan-elly no^v 
pastor of St. James, in 1853, and from 1855 by the 
Rev. William Everett. 

As the congi-egation seemed to increase beyond the 
capacity of the church, the Rev. George McCloskey, in 
1848, established the Chapel of the Nativity, at No. 572 
Fourth Street, which was attended from the chmxh, but 
the attempt to establish succursal chapels did not meet 
the wishes of the people ; the project was soon aban- 
doned and has never been revived. 

The health of the Rev. George McCloskey failed so 
that for a time he went to Europe in hopes of regaining 
strength to continue his labors. After visiting the fa-- 
mous health resorts, he was, finding that years in Eu- 
rope left him no better, about to return to America, 


when he made trial of Great JIalvern, England. Here, 
thongJi an invalid, he felt eager to labor, and fin.Ung 
that in February, after three months' stay, he was weU 
enough to say mass, he fitted up a temporary chapel in 
a gymnasium. A little congregation assembled, which 
increased so as to excite alarm. The gymnasium was 
refused him; then he set up his altar in a di-ill room, 
till the lady of the manor closed this on him. Not a 
place in Malvern could be found; but an American res- 
ident had a house with two large rooms. This became 
the chapel, and here mass was said daily, till the Rev. 
Dr. McCloskey returned to New York, when Bishop 
Ullathorne sent a priest to continue his labors. 

Finding that his complete recovery was extremely 
doubtful, the Rev. Dr. McCloskey resigned his charge in 
April, 1869. 

The Rev. William Everett, who had been assistant 
smce 1855, became pastor on the resignation of the Rev. 
George McCloskey, and is still directing the faithful of 
Nativity parish with quiet zeal and piety. His curates 
have been the Rev. J. J. Griffin and Rev. Thomas J. 
Ducey. His present assistant is the Rev. M. A. Nolan, 
appointed in 1872. 

The societies established in the parish are the Asso- 
ciation for the Propagation of the Faith, the Conference 
of St. Vincent de Paul, the Rosary Society, an Altai- 
Society, and the Society of the Children of Mary. 


Roll of H 





Aubert, Eugene. 

Fulton, James. 

Marshall, Henry. 

Bannigan, Edward. 

Gallagher, John. 

Meehan, John, Jr. 

Bingham, Jacob W. 

Garno, Benjamin. 

Mitchell, William P. 

Brady, Ann E., Mrs. 

Gorman, Anthony. 

Murphy, John. 

Brady, Thomas. 

Haggerty, Joseph. 

Murray, Bridget, Mrs. 

Brennan, Edward. 

Hellen, Catharine. 

Nagle, Garrett. 

Burns, John. 

Hewitt, Thomas. 

Nugent, Mary. 

Carroll, Bernard. 

Hodgins, Thomas. 

O'Brien, John. 

Clark, Rose. 

Hughes, John F. 

O'Connell, William. 

Cogan, John. 

Hugo, Henry. 

O'Donnel, Ann, Mrs. 

Cooke, William. 

Johnson, James. 

O'Leary, John. 

Creamer, Francis. 

Kaughran, John E. 

O'Meara, James. 

Crumey, Andrew. 

Kelly, Tyler, Mrs. 

O'Neil, Joanna. 

Cummings, Hugh. 

Kieman, John. 

Poe, John. 

Cunningham, Patrick. 

Lalor, William. 

Price, William. 

Delaney, John. 

Larkin, Michael, Mrs. 

Reilly, Bernard. 

Dodien, Mansuy. 

Lee, James. 

Reilly, William J. 

Doody, Edward. 

McCabe, Thomas. 

Rodman, Isaac. 

Dowling, Joseph J. 

McCollum, Lydia A. 

Rooney, P. 

Dowling, Mary, Mrs. 

McCullough, John. 

Ryan, Michael. 

Doyle, Michael L. 

McDonald, Francis J. 

Schuff, Jacob J. 

Duffy, Mary, Mrs. 

McGovem, Michael. 

Sheckelton, Christopher. 

Dynan, Michael J. 

McLaughlin, Michael. 

Shields, Andrew. 

English, James. 

McLaughlin, Robert. 

Spratt, Michael. 

Farrell, Thomas. 

Madden, Thomas. 

Walsh, James. 

Foley, Matthew. 

Madigan, Jeremiah. 

Ward, Edward. 

Fox, Robert C. 

Maloney, Patrick. 

Wilson, William R. 

Fraprie, Abigael, Mrs. 

Manning, Thomas. 




THE Rev. William Everett, the present pastor of 
the Chm'ch of the Nativity, was l)om in the 
City of Albany, Angust 14, 1814. 

He was brought up in the Protestant faith, and, study- 
ing for the ministry, received orders in the Protestant 
Episcopal Chvux'li, in wliich he spent several years offi- 
ciating as a clergyman of that body. In the impulse 
given to thought by men hke the Rev. Samuel Farmer 
Jarvis in this country, and the Oxford school in Eng- 
land, many who had taken the Anglican system in good 
faith began to examine the solidity of the grounds on 
which it rested. Conviction dawned on not a few that 
the whole separation and reconstruction in the sixteenth 
century was unwan-anted and without authority. It re- 
quired special graces from God in many cases to re- 
nounce position, associations, long-formed habits of thought, 
and to come humbly into the Catholic Church as lay- 
men. The Rev. Mr. Everett heroically made all the sac- 
rifices needed to correspond to the grace accorded him. 

He was received into the Catholic Chm'ch, and, after 
pursuing theological studies at St. Joseph's Seminary, 


Fordham, then directed by Fathers of the Society of 
Jesus, he was ordained priest by Archbishop Hughes on 
the 29th day of January, 1853, the feast of St. Francis 
de Sales. 

He was first assigned to duty in St. Peter's Church, 
but remained only a few months, when he was stationed 
at St. Joseph's Church as assistant. In 1854 he was 
appointed curate at St. Ann's Church, where he remained 
till the following year. 

He became assistant to the Rev. George McCloskey, 
in the Church of the Nativity, in the month of October, 
1855, and has remained connected with the parish for a 
period now approaching a quarter of a century, having 
been made parish priest by the Most Reverend Ai'ch- 
bishop, now his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey, in 1869. 

His present associate is the Rev. M. A. Nolan. 





THE priest who organized the congregation which 
founded St. Peter's Chnrch was a Gemian Fa- 
tlier of the Society of Jesus. He found some of his 
CathoHc countrymen here in his earhest visits. Just after 
the close of the last century even, the question was 
raised of establishing a German church also ; but the 
project was discouraged, and it was not till about the 
year 1834 that any formal steps were taken to oi'ganize 
a German congregation. 

This great work was due to the Rev. John Raffeiner, 
who, says Archbishop Hughes, " in his youth, his vigor- 
ous manhood, and his old age, both in holy priesthood 
and in the practice of a learned profession, served his 
Creator in fear and holiness. Tlie venerable Father 
Raffeiner is sunmioned from amongst us to that other 
and better world which God has prepared, for those who 
love and serve Him in this. In Heaven he will not 
forget to intercede for us, and especially for his people, 
who have been under his spiritual care so many years. 


Many of you have no recollection of the spiritiial de.sti- 
tution that prevailed in New York when the now popu- 
lous dioceses of Brooklyn, New York, Buffalo, Albany, and 
Newark were comprised in one. The Grerman Catholics 
were then but few, and totally devoid of spiritual aid. 
It was the good providence of God that, at this partic- 
ular period, directed the steps of Father Raffeiner hither, 
where he entered most faithfully and earnestly on the 
work assigned him, in supplying spiritual comfort to liis 
needy countrymen. He was made the coadjutor of my 
immediate predecessor, the lamented Bishop Du Bois, and 
vested w^ith the care and responsibility of attending to 
tlie spiritual wants of the German Catholics of the 
diocese. In justice to him I must say that wherever 
there were German Catholics, there would Father Raffeiner 
seek them out and minister to them, being prevented 
neither by the winter's snows, the summer's sun, nor the 
inconvenience of travel in that day, from fulfilling the 
duties assigned him." 

This language shows how eminent a priest St. 
Nicholas had for its founder, and if the great Areli- 
bishop could say, " Bishops, priests, and people have 
reason to remember Father Raffeiner for many years to 
come," his name and his memory can never be forgotten 
in the Church of St. Nicholas. 

Under his impulse, the German Catholics assembled 
and organized ; and an imoccupied Baptist chiu-ch on 


the corner of Delancey and Pitt Streets was hired. Here 
mass was said regularly. 

To erect a suitable chiu-ch was the next step. For 
this purpose, on the 1st of September, 1834, they pur- 
chased, through Dr. Joseph C. Springer, of John Jacob 
Astor, fom- lots of gi-ound on Second Street, between 
First Avenue and Avenue A, gi\nng a front of a hun- 
dred feet and a depth of one hundi*ed and six. On Easter 
Monday, April 20, 1836, the Very Rev. John Power, 
Vicar General of the diocese, assisted l)y the Rev. Jo- 
seph A. Schneller of Christ Church and the Rev. John 
Raffeiner, proceeded to the ground, where a large con- 
course of citizens had assembled, and laid the corner- 
stone, with the ceremonies prescribed by the Roman 
ritual. The Rev. Mr. Schneller then addi-essed the 
audience in English. After treating of the general sul3- 
ject of the erection of houses for divine worship, as 
well as of the structures raised in order to gratify human 
pride, he said: "The edifice which we now commence 
to erect will have nothing to boast from the ingenuity 
of the design which human skill is to impart. Its plain 
construction will furnish nothing to elicit admiration. It 
will neither be planned by power nor achieved by wealth. 
But let not its simple plan and its diminutive di- 
mensions lessen the vast and incalculable importance 
of its object. Its object is not earthly. Ineffably 
superior to that pyramid which grew up in the plains 


of Egyf)t, it calculates upon holy communings of man 
Avitli God. We lay not the foundations for a monu- 
ment of human pride, in which the remains of earth's 
despotic rulers are to repose, hut for a tabernacle in 
which the Eternal King of Heaven is to reside. It will 
not be a gigantic pile, to attract the admiration of na- 
tions and the gaze of many generations ; but a chapel 
in which spiritual blessings are to be received, wliich will 
fructify on this terrestrial stage of existence, and the plen- 
itude of whose enjoyment will be consummated in a life 
to come." 

The Rev. Mr. Raffeiner also addressed his flock in 
German, impressing on them the greatness of the work 
wliich they liad undertaken for the glory of God. 

The project was to erect fii-st, in the centre of the 
lots, a building with a front of fifty-two feet, and extend- 
ing back seventy feet; and as the congregation increased 
in means and numbers, to add a ti'ansept ninety-six 
feet in length, and prolong the main building to ninety 
feet. Tlie work was continiied steadily, and the church 
finally erected; the builders', work and material costing 
$8,174.57; the organ $600, and the fitting-up, $1,38445; 
in all, a little over ten thousand dollars. 

Before the work was completed, the lease of the 
hired church apparently terminated, and the German Catho- 
lics were, for a time, accommodated in the basement of 
St. Mary's. The Rev. Mr. Raffeiner made ever}' efi"ort 


to collect for the purpose of erecting the chiirch, extend- 
ing- his tour even as far as New Orleans. 

The cluu-ch was at last ready, and Avas solemnly 
dedicated to the worship of the Holy Tiinity, on Easter 
Sunday, 1836, under the invocation of St. Nicholas, Bishop 
of Myra. 

The Rev. Mr. Raffeiner remained for seven years pas- 
tor of St. Nicholas, having as assistant priest the Benedic- 
tine Father Nicholas Balleis. His labors were not confined 
to the parish — he was mainly instrmnental in erecting a 
church at Macopin, N. J. ; laid the foundation of the 
Cluu-ch of the Holy Trinity in Boston ; officiated in va- 
rious parts of New Jersey, at Albany, Utica, Rochester ; 
erected the Clmrch of St. John the Baptist in Thutieth 
Street, and the Chm'ch of the Most Holy Trmity, Wil- 
liamsburgh, where he died. 

Jle was succeeded in 1840 by Dom. Nicholas Balleis, 
on whose removal to Newark the Rev. Bishop Hughes 
wished to confide the chm-ch to the Redemptorists ; but 
the trustees declined to enter into his plans, and the 
Rev. Gabriel Rumpler, C.SS.R., erected the Church of 
Our Most Holy Redeemer. 

In June, 1844, the Capuchin Father, Ambrose Buch- 
meyer, from the Diocese of Strigonia, Hungary, became 
pastor of St. Nicholas, and continued to direct the parish 
till his death, October 11th, 1861 ; assisted from August, 
1845, by Father Felician Krebesz of the same order. 


Soon after lie toolc charge oi tlio parish it was foiiud 
necessary to enlarge or rebuild the church. TIkj carry- 
ing out of the original plan was abandoned, and the 
present fine chui-ch erected in 1848. It is a Grothic 
structm-e, the facade of cut brown stone. The interior is 
extrendy neat, the Avood-work being of walnut. The 
altar is of beautiful marble, elaborately wrought and richly 
decorated, and there are two elegant side altars. The 
building cost thirt}' thousand dollars, all of which A\'as 
paid when the time came for its dedication. 

This imposing ceremony was performed by the Right 
Rev. Bishop Hughes, on the 24tli of December, 1848. 
The full ritual was earned out, the procession of bishops 
and clergy making the circuit of the clnu'ch without and 
within. After the blessing of the altar, the Right 
Reverend Bishop addressed the innnense nndtitude, who 
filled every pai't of the church. His text was : "I have 
rejoiced in the ■ things that were said to me : We sliall go 
into the house of the Lord." (Psalm cxxi. 1.) High Mass 
was then celebrated by the Rev. Mr. Rubesc, and an 
eloquent sermon preached by the celebrated Jesuit Father 

The new chiu'ch seats eleven hunch-ed and forty, and 
suffices amply for the wants of the congregation. 

Schools were established at an early date, and in 
1867 the Rev. Father Buchmeyer erected a fine school- 
house, which will accommodate a large number of pupils. 


The boys' school is conducted by the Brothers of the 
Clmstian Schools, who have six hundred and fifty pupils 
under their charge ; and the girls, to the number of seven 
hundred and fifty, are taught by the Sisters of St. Dominic. 

On the death of Father Buchmeyer, Father Krebesz 
became pastor, and discharged the duties of the position 
till he too passed away, January 4, 1876. 

His Eminence Cardinal McCloskey then confided the 
care of the parish to the Rev. Francis J. Shadier, who 
had been assistant since August 15, 1875. He is still 
pastor, assisted by the Rev. Anthony Lamell and Rev. 
John Mayer. 

There are in the church the Rosary Society, the 
Corpus Chi-isti Society, the Society of the Agony of Om- 
Lord, the Confraternity of the Sacred Heart, and foiu" 
Sodalities of the Blessed Virgin. Besides these religious 
associations, there is the Conference of St. Vincent de 
Paul, and the St. Nicholas, St. Paul, St. Vincent de Paul, 
and St. Killian Societies. 

The saint to whom the chiu'ch is dedicated may be 
regarded in some sort as the patron of New York. So 
widespread was the devotion to him, that in Catholic 
times he had chui'ches under his invocation in every 
country of the East and West. He was the especial pa- 
tron of the poor, the oppressed, the imperiled maiden, 
the childi-en, the mariner, and the trader. Not even the 
blasting sirocco of the sixteenth centmy could tear from 


the hearts of the people a veneration for St. Nicholas. 
The Calvinists of Holland, Avho settled the island, taught 
their chikben to expect reward for good conduct through 
the hands of St. Niklas, and children to this day at 
Clmstmas time look to Santa Glaus, as he is called, by 
corruption, for the presents of the season. The city has 
its hotels, banks, insiu'ance companies, societies named in 
his honor; and a publishing house, never Catholic in its 
tendencies, issues a magazine for the young which bears 
the name of this servant of God. 

St. Nicholas was born at Patara, a city in Asia 
Minor, a child of prayer granted to parents who had 
long sought offspring from God. Trained in piety, he 
corresponded fully to the desires of his parents, and 
devoted himself to the altar as a priest of God. The 
wealth he inherited was used to relieve distress, especially 
that bashful poverty that shriilks from appeal. Entering 
a monastery at Myra, he became, in time, its abbot, and, 
when the archbishop of the city died, the abbot, re- 
nowned for his sanctity and miracles, was unanimously 
chosen. He is said to have suffered in the persecution 
of Diocletian, and to have aided powerfully in the Coun- 
cil of Nice to condemn the heresy of Arius. He died 
in 342, and was interred in his own cathedi'al, which 
was for ages a place of pilgrimage. In 1087 his relics 
were transferred from his ruined church to Bari, in Italy. 
The miracles wrought by his intercession diffused his 


devotion througliout the West, and every seaport liad, 
ere long-, a chm-cli in liis honor. That those who for- 
sook the faith shoukl have borne his fame to our city 
is one of the remarkable instances of Grod's providence, 
lie is especially honored in Europe as a pati'on of 
the young, one of the miracles ascribed to him being 
the restoration to life of three children who had been 
cruelly murdered and concealed in a tub. In allusion to 
this, he is frequently represented arrayed as a bishop 
with tln-ee childi'en in a tub near him. 

Roll of Honor 


Kilian Kling. Anthony Euring. Fritz Emmerman. 




THE present pastoi' of the oldest German cliiu*cli in 
New York City, the worthy successor of Father 
Raffeiner in his good work, is the Rev. Francis J. 

This reverend gentleman is a native of Germany. 
He was born on the 10th of May, 1834. He came 
to the United States when a child, and grew up amid 
the scenes of American life. At a suitable age, having 
made preliminary studies to fit him for entrance to a 
university, he entered our oldest Catholic institution, 
Georgetown College ; and, after the u.sual com'se in that 
seat of learning, resolved to enter the ecclesiastical state 
and devote his life to the service of the Almighty. 

'' To ground himself in that sacred learning which is 
necessary in one raised to holy orders, he went to 
Europe, and pm-sued his divinity studies in France and 
Germany. He was ordained priest at Mayence, on the 
14th of August, 1864, by the late Bishop Ketteler, for 
the Diocese of Charleston, to which he had connected 

Returning to the United States, ho began the exer- 


cise of the ministry in tliat diocese, then in a most 
disastrous condition ; the civil war having scattered the 
Cathohc body and left the State of South Carolina with 
desolated churches and institutions. 

Never, perhaps, have the Catholic priesthood in this 
country had a more discouraging field before them than 
that of our Southern States after the war. The young 
priest was not disheartened, but zealously endeavored to 
build up again the prostrate clim-ch. He labored on 
manfully till the end of the year 1872, when he found 
himself compelled to seek some other scene for his 

On coming to New York, he was assigned to St. 
Nicholas' Church, by the Most Reverend Aixhbishop, as 
assistant, in August, 1875, and was appointed pastor in 
January, 1876. 


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ONE of the great desires of the Most Reverend 
Arehbisho]) Hughes, on his appointment as co- 
adjutor to the venerable Bishop Du Bois, was to estab- 
lisli a theological seminary for the Diocese of New York. 
The venerable founder of Mount St. Mary's had in vain 
endeavored to create a similar institntion after his ap- 
pointment as successor to Bishop Connolly. When his 
coadjutor had purchased the Rose Hill property at Ford- 
ham and opened St. John's College, the way seemed 
oiDen at last for endowing the diocese with an institution 
which woiild, in future, supply it with well educated 
priests, formed under learned and spiritual guides to the 
true sacerdotal spirit. 

To accommodate the professors and seminarians, the 
Right Reverend John McCloskey, D.D., coadjutor, laid 
the corner-stone of a beautiful Gothic seminary, near the 
college, on the 3d day of April, 1845. 

It was not at first designed to begin a church also, 
but the Right Reverend Bishop soon felt the necessity of 
erecting one of some size, not so much for the use of 
the Catholics in that vicinity, who were few and scat- 


tered, as to afford those preparing for the priesthood a 
chapel in which the services of the Chm-ch could be 
earned out tlu'ough tlie ecclesiastical year, with full ad- 
herence to the rites and ceremonies prescribed in the 

The chiu*ch was begun in the course of the spring, 
and the work on the two structures went on simultane- 
ously till the fund collected was exhausted. In a state- 
ment or appeal issued in October, the Right Reverend 
Bishop Hughes said : " The chiu-ch, which is to be ded- 
icated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, is, including the 
tower in front, one hundred feet long by fifty feet wide. 
Although it is a separate and a still more sacred edi- 
fice than the seminary, yet both are essentially parts of 
the same gi-eat work. The church also is advanced very 
considerably — the walls having been constructed and the 
roof, though not yet placed, framed and ready to be 
put on." 

The church was soon completed and dedicated. 
Among all the Catholic churches of the city, it is, we 
think, the only one that can be said to have been 
erected directly by Archbishop Hughes. 

A Latin poet, the Rev. R. Rainaldi, wrote of it : — 

" Virgo fave ; nova teinpla til>i jam sustulit Hughes, 
Hue age cum Puero ccelicolisqiie veni. 
Per te rosarum tumulus, sic nomine prisci 
Hoc dixere patres, grafior erigitur; 


Quique prius luillo ignotiis gaiulebat honore 
Fama modo hunc claro vulgat ubique sono. 

Vere novo pictas nectentes flore corollas 
Deponent aras ante tuas pueri ; 

Certatimque, simnl celebrantes carmine laudes 
Te veniente die, Te fugiente, canent." 

When completed, it was one of the most beautiful 
churches yet seen, lighted by six stained-glass windows, 
representing St. Peter, St. Paul, and the fom* Evange- 

As the Cluu'ch of the Seminary, it witnessed the 
conferring of minor orders, and of the subdiaconate and 
diaconate, although the priesthood was conferred at St. 
Patrick's Cathedi-al. 

In 1855, the Right Rev. Dr. Hughes, resuming the 
direction of the seminary and church, sent the Rev. 
Arthur J. Donnelly to act as procurator of the institu- 
tion and pastor of the church. The number of Catho- 
lics in the vicinity had increased to such an extent that 
a regular parochial district was allotted, and it devolved 
on the Rev. Dr. Donnelly to organize this parish. From 
this time tlie Church of Our Lady of Mercy appears 
regularly in the list of the churches of tlie diocese. 

In 1857, the Rev. Dr. Donnelly was called to a 
wider sphere, and the Rev. W. P. Morrogh, superior of 
the seminary, became pastor, and continued to minister 
to the parish till the final closing of the seminary, in 
1860, when, at the request of the Most Reverend Arch- 


bishop, the Jesuit Fathers of St. John's College assumed 
the parochial care of the congi-egation connected with 
the church. The first pastors under this arrangement 
were the Rev. Father Isidore Daubresse, S.J., and the 
Rev. Father Paul Mignard, S.J. 

The Chm-ch of Our Lady of Mercy has continued 
under the care of the society down to the present time. 

The pastor in the year 1878 is the Rev. John J. 
Fitzpatrick, S.J., assisted by the Rev. Edward Doucet, S.J. 

Connected with the church are several pious asso- 
ciations—the Society of the Holy Rosary, the Young 
Men's Sodality of the }3ona Mors, the Ladies' Sodality 
of the Blessed Virgin, the Confraternity of the Sacred 
Heart. There is also a Conference of the Society of 
St. Vincent de Paul, for the relief of the poor, and an 
Altar Society. 

Within the district of the Chm-ch of Our Lady of 
Mercy is the now venerable institution, St. John's Col- 
lege, the oldest Catholic University in the State ; and St. 
Joseph's Select Academy for Young Ladies, under the 
Sisters of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary; and also an 
institution for deaf mutes, directed by the same community. 






Adamson Miss 

Finnigan, Mrs. 

Murphy, John. 

Bergen, Mrs. 

Fitzgerald, William. 

Murray, James. 

Bradley, Thomas. 

Gcraghty, Bernard. 

Murray, Patrick. 

Brady, John. 

Geraghty, Mary. 

Nash, Michael. 

Burke, Ellen. 

Ging, James. 

Oches, E. 

Burns, John. 

Glynn, John. 

Peugnet, Eugene. 

Burns, Joseph. 

Goleven, Michael. 

Purroy, Francis M. 

Casey, Samuel. 

Haughney, Patrick. 

Purroy, Henry D. 

Cassidy, Richard. 

Hicks, Patrick. 

Purtell, Anna M., Mrs. 

Clare, Margaret. 

Hogan, John. 

Quinn, Matthew. 

Clayton, Michael. 

Holt, Miss. 

Quinn, Michael. 

Connell, Michael. 

Houlihan, Thomas. 

Reddington, William. 

Connor, Francis. 

Keeley, John. 

Regan, Robert. 

Coogan, William. 

Kehoe, Lawrence. 

Ryan, Peter. 

Cowley, Mrs. 

Kenealy, Michael. 

Ryner, John. 

Crotty, James. 

Kerins, Thomas. 

Savage, John. 

Delaney, Michael. 

Leddy, John. 

Shally, Thomas. 

Delany, Denis. 

Lee, Patrick. 

Shanly, Patrick. 

Dobbins, Patrick. 

Loughman, Edward. 

Smith, M. P. 

Donnelly, Michael. 

Lynch, Mrs. 

Sullivan, Mrs. 

Donnelly, Patrick. 

McGuire, Denis. 

Thompson, John. 

Doran, Michael. 

Mack, Michael. 

Underwood, John. 

Doran, William. 

Mangan, John. 

Ward, Christopher. 

Dowling, Michael. 

Martin, Mrs. 

Webb, Thomas. 

Downes, Mary. 

Meagher, Thomas. 

Weiser, Mrs. 

Dundon, Arthur H 

Mooney, Patrick. 

Windsor, William. 

Dunne, Thomas. 

Moore, Joseph. 

Young, William. 

Dyer, John. 

Mulligan, Edward. 




SINCE the blending of the Diocesan Seminary of 
St. Josej^h with the Provincial Seminary established 
at Troy, tlie Chiu-ch of Our Lad} of Mercy, formerly 
directed for several years previous from the seminary, has 
been confided to the care of Jesuit Fathers of St. Jolm's 
College, amid whose grounds it stands. 

The Reverend Father who has for the last year 
performed parochial duties in this chm-ch is the Rev. John 
Fitzpatrick. He was born July 13th, 1832, and, after 
a coiu-se of study, feeling himself called to the religious 
state, entered the Society of Jesus, August 21st, 1857. 

Two years spent in the retirement of a novitiate, de- 
voted to prayer and spiritual exercises, are followed by 
the scholastic vows. Then the yoimg Jesuit is either 
assigned to duty as teacher or prefect in one of the 
colleges of the order or pursues at once the studies 
M'hich are to prepare him for priestly ordination. 

Father Fitzpatrick received holy orders apparently 
about the year 18G8. In that year he was stationed at 
the Church of St. Joseph, Troy, as assistant pastor, and 
acquired general esteem by his modesty and zeal, as 


well as liis devotedness to every duty of a priest. In 
1870 he was appointed vice-president of St. Jolm's Col- 
lege, Fordham, and as Prefect of Discipline had the gen- 
eral super\'ision of the students. This responsible position 
he filled for several years. The prosperity of the college 
during this period attests his fitness for the administration 
of a large educational estabHshment, and his knowledge 
of the young. In 1875 he was again engaged in mis- 
sionary work, at his old parish in Troy, and in 1877 was 
selected to act as parish priest of Our Lady of Mercy, 
where he now exercises the ministry most acceptably. 





THIS church, one of the most recently erected for 
the use of the German Cathohcs of the city, is 
due to the zeal of the Capuchin Fathers, who are a 
branch of the great Franciscan family. They were no 
strangers in this country, having labored in Nova Scotia, 
]\Iaine, and Louisiana, in the days of French and Spanish 
colonial rule, and gave an early bishop in the South, 
as well as in our day an archbishop in the British 

The recent establishment of the order in this country 
is due to two secular priests — Rev. Messrs. Haas and 
Frey — who came to this country in 1856, with a view 
of forming a community under the Capuchin rule. Bisliop 
Henni of Milwaukee welcomed them to his diocese. The 
General of the order deputed Father Anthony Maria to 
admit them, and direct them during their novitiate. The 
Convent of Calvary in Wisconsin arose in Fond du Lac 
County, and God blessed the new comniunity. A second 
convent and chiu'ch were established in Milwaukee. 


Rev. Father Bonaventura Frey then came to New- 
York, and the Most Reverend Archbishop McCloskey, 
beheving that his order could perfoi-m a good work 
among the German population of the city, authorized 
him to commence the erection of a chmx-h. 

With the approval of his Grace, Father Bonaventura 
selected the eastern part of the city, within the limits 
of old St. Mary's. A structm-e of some size, used as a 
saloon, was obtained for use as the temporaiy chapel, 
and was soon fitted up by the zeal and energy of Father 
Bonaventiu:a. Three lots of gi-omid were then purchased 
on Pitt Sti-eet, between Rivington and Stanton Streets, 
and on the 15tli of August, 1867, the comer-stone of a 
church, to be erected under the invocation of the Blessed 
Virgin of the Seven Dolors, was laid by the Most Rev- 
erend Archbishop McCloskey. 

By the exertions of the Rev. Father Bonaventura col- 
lections were made to carry on the work, and the chui'ch, 
a structure of brick, supported by stone pillars, lighted by 
one of the largest cupolas then in the city, was soon com- 
pleted. It is built in the Byzantine style of architectm-e, 
and is one hundi-ed feet long by sixty-six feet wide, and 
wall accommodate twelve hundi-ed people. The inte- 
rior is very neat, and the beautiful altar is surmounted 
by an elegant pieta, a statue of Om- Blessed Lady hold- 
ing the lifeless body of her Divine Son — a w^ork of art 
presented to Father Bonaventm-a by the King of Bavaria. 


The chiu'cli was dedicated on the Gth of Septem- 
ber, 18G8, by the Most Rev. Archbishop McCloskey. After 
the impressive ceremony, a Solemn Iligli ]\Iass was offered 
by the Rev. Maximus Leimgruber of the congregation 
of the Most Holy Redeemer, rector of their chnreh in 
Third Street, assisted by the Rev. Adam Tonner of tlie 
Church of St. Nicholas. A sermon in German was de- 
livered by a Capuchin Father. At the close of the holy 
sacrifice, the Most Reverend Archbishop addressed the peo- 
ple in earnest and eloquent words. lie congratulated the 
congregation on the completion of the holy work in which 
they had been engaged for upAvards of a year, under 
the direction of the pious Capuchin Fathers. The chiu-ch 
had been dedicated to the Most High, and was no longer 
man's dwelling, but the House of Cod. All had been 
said that required to be said in language that went home 
to the hearts of every one present — the language in 
which they had learned to pronounce the sacred name 
of Jesus, the language in which they were taught the 
rudiments of their religion, and lisjied as childi-en the 
name of ]\Iary. It was not more dear to them now 
that they heard it beneath the beautiful dome of the 
noble edifice in which they were worshiping. No build- 
ing made with hands could lend greater importance to 
the spoken words of truth, but it was a language inex- 
pressibly dear to them, by reason of the hope that it 
gave and the faith it taught. Henceforth the building 


would \k'^ ii liouse of prayer, tlie temple of God, iiud, 
lie lioi:)ed, to many thousands of those now wallvhig in 
darkness, the very kingdom of heaven for themselves 
and their children. 

A dense Catholic congregation soon clustered aroiind 
the cluu'ch, and the reverend founder summoned two 
Fathers from the West to join him in the labors of the 
new German parochial district. 

The establishing of schools was one of the first cares 
of Father Bonaventura. Wliile the chm-ch was still heavily 
in debt, it was found impossible to j^ay the exorbitant 
price demanded for a site required for . the schools, so that 
for the time being the basement of the chxu-ch served 
as class-rooms. 

Father Bonaventura was soon after requested by his 
Grace the Ai-chbishop to assume the direction of the 
Chinch of St. John the Baptist, and was succeeded at 
Om- Lady of the Seven Dolors by the Rev. Father 
Laurentius, Vorwerk, who is at present the zealous pastoi*. 
He was able to cany out the original design, and at a 
reasonable price pm'chased ground for the school-houses. 

Under the Rev. Father Ivo Prass, O. Min. Cap., the 
next pastor, the dome was adorned with paintings of the 
Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin, by the artist M. 
Lang ; and he also erected the fine school-house attached 
to the chui-ch. This institution now contains tlu'ee hun- 
dred and twenty-five boys, under the Brothers of I^Iary, 


and three hundred and fifty girls, who are taught by 
the Dominican Sisters, who came from WiUiamsbiu'gh. 

The next pastor was the Rev. Father Joseph Pickl, 
a native of Bavai-ia, born in tliat Catholic kingdom on 
the 14th of September, 1846. He was ordained priest by 
the Most Reverend John Martin Henni, D.D., in Mil- 
waukee, on the 7th day of November, 1875 ; and was 
appointed pastor of the Church of om- Lady of the 
Seven Dolors in February, 1876. 

Father Pickl was succeeded in 1878 by the present 
pastor, the Rev. P. Laurentius Vorwerk, 0. Min. Cap., who 
thus returned to tliis parish, where he had ah'eady won 
the esteem of all. 

Roll of Honor. 

Mrs. Catherine Stiehler, George Adrian. 




THE Reverend Capuchin Father now du-ecthig the 
Chm-ch of Our Lady of Sorrows is an Ameri- 
can member of the venerable association who direct the 


Father P. Laurentius Vorwerk, 0. Min. Cap., was bom 
in Burhngton, Iowa, on the 15th of August, 1841 ; and, 
resisting tlie attractions of the world, which appeal so 
strongly to American youth, to each of whom the most 
brilliant futm'e seems easy and possible, this young man 
resolved to give himself to God, and to embrace a life 
of poverty and humility under the rule of St. Francis in 
the habit of the Capuchin Order. After pursuing his 
studies at the Calvary College, Wisconsin, he was ordain- 
ed by Archbishop Henni of Milwaukee, on the 22d of 
May, 18G9, and soon showed not only zeal and piety as a 
priest, but abilities of no common order in the adminis- 
tration of affairs. 

He was selected by Very Rev. F. Bonaventura to 
succeed him in the Chui-ch of Om- Lady of Soitows, 
but after a time was called away to imdertake an im- 
portant work in the Diocese of Milwaukee. The Church 


of St. Francis, Milwaukee, was a poor frame building, 
no longer adapted to the wants of the congregation. 
Father Laurentius soon aroused the zeal and energy of 
the people, and erected a new Byzantine chui'ch — one 
of the finest in Wisconsin — after designs by the archi- 
tect, W. Schickel, of New York, with a neat convent 
for the Fathers, and established schools to accommo- 
date the children of the growing congregation. After 
remaining here some time as Guardian of the Convent 
and pastor of the congregation, he was, in 1878, to the 
regret of his people, called from them to resume his 
more humble labors at the Chm-ch of Our Lady. 

The assistant priests within the last year have been 
Rev. Father Paschalis Straub, 0. Min. Cap. ; Rev. Father 
Bruno Schmitz, 0. Min'. Cap. ; and Father Bernardino. 

The zealous Fathers have established the Third Or- 
der of St. Francis in then* parish, a real religious order, 
with a rule adapted by the serapliic founder himself for 
persons living in the world, and em-iched by the Sov- 
ereign Pontiffs with many special favors. The Third 
Order of St. Francis boasts of many saints in all ranks 
and classes, from kings and queens on theii' thrones to 
the humblest degree in life. There are also in the 
Chm-ch of Our Lady, Rosary and Altar Societies, and 
several approved sodalities. 

To relieve the poor there has been organized a con- 
ference of the excellent Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 













FOR many years, as we have seen in these sketches, 
the Cathedral of St. Patrick was the only chmch 
north of Canal Street. Some of the priests attached to 
it had to attend all the Catholics scattered in the upper 
part of the island, and along the North River and 
Long Island Sound. Mass was said occasionall}' in houses 
or barns, where a number could be gathered together ; 
and when a summons came for a priest to attend the sick 
or d}'ing, one would set out, not aided by raih'oads as 
now, but by such conveyance as he could procm-e, and 
make his way thi-ough snow or storm to the dying 
Catholic. The Cathedral was, in fact, the resource of a 
large inu-al district, and many of the priests connected 
with it attended Catholics in the upper part of the 
island. Harlem, which from the Dutch times had been 
a hamlet by itself, became a centre where, as population 
increased, the mmiber of Catholics became more apparent. 
Mass was occasionally offered in hired halls or private 
houses till the year 1834, when the Right Reverend 
Bishop Du Bois resolved to establish a clnu-ch there with 


a resident jiriest who could from that centre minister to 
the faithful in various directions. 

He selected for the position the Rev. Michael Cur- 
ran, who had been a zealous laborer in the mountains of 
Pennsylvania, and who had come warmly recommended 
to the Bishop of New York by I^-ince Dmitri Galitzin. 
One incident recorded by the late Thomas Darcy ]\IcGee 
will best show the priest. "During the cholera of 1832, 
he was called to attend a man and his wife who were at 
the point of death on one of the highest peaks of the 
Alleghanies. Tying his horse to a tree, when he could 
urge him on no further, he climbed on hands and feet 
to the miserable shanty on the summit. Here he found 
the woman lying dead, with an infant sucking at her 
breast; the man ho had barely time to hear and to 
absolve. Taking up the helpless babj-, he wrapped it 
in his cloak, and carried it a considerable distance to the 
next habitation. He committed it to the charity of those 
good people, by whom both the parents were interred. 
He retained a watchful care over his orphan for years, 
and when he died, she was a full grown woman in 
Pittsburgh, a credit to her early benefactor." 

Such was the priest commissioned to found a church 
at Harlem. A site was soon selected and jnu-chased, 
on One Himdred and Seventeenth Street, between Third 
and Fom-th Avenues. The corner-stone of the new church 
was laid here on the 29th of June, 1835, by the Right 


Rev. Bishop Du Bois, and an eloquent and appropriate 
discourse was delivered on the occasion by the Rev. Dr. 
Charles C. Pise. A large quantity of building stone had 
been procured, the plans for the modest Clmrch of St. 
Paul were ready, and an advertisement was at once is- 
sued for proposals for the masonry and carpenter work. 

The cluu'ch, by the zeal of its pastor, was soon 
completed, and to a great extent paid for. 

It was solemnly dedicated, and soon had a numerous 

From Harlem the pastoral labors of the Rev. Mr. 
CmTan extended thi-oughout Westchester and over two- 
thirds of the present Brooklyn diocese. " Where there 
are now," said Mr. McGee, in 1856, " twenty flomishing 
chiu'ches with resident priests, there was then not one. 
Mass was celebrated in private houses, in rented halls, 
and in barns. A numerous dispersed population were to 
be cared for and called in. Mr. Curran's j)opular man- 
ner, his old-fashioned frankness, his knowledge of the 
Irish tongue, again enabled him to be of the highest 

The Rev. Mr. Cm-ran remained at St. Paul's till the 
year 1843, when he went to Ireland, and on his return 
founded the chiu'ch at Astoria, where he died, November 
27, 1856. 

He was succeeded by the Rev. John Walsh, who 
was the zealous pastor of Harlem till 1853, when the 


Rev. George R. Bropliy was appointed, and for thirteen 
years ministered to the Catholics in that district. 

On In's retiring in 1866, the Rev. Eugene Maguire 
was chosen by the Most Reverend Archbishop, and lias 
since directed the clnirch to the satisfaction of all. He 
has been an active and energetic pastor. He introduced 
the Sisters of Charity, for whom he erected a residence. 
He bnilt large and commodions school-houses, and in 
1871 enlarged the clnu'ch, making it one of the most 
commodious and comfortable in the outer parts of the 
city. The rededication of St. Paul's Church was per- 
foi-med on Sunday, the Otli of July, 1871, by the Most 
Reverend Archbishop McCloskey, assisted by many of 
the most eminent clergymen of the diocese, who came 
to honor this restoration of comparatively one of our 
older cluu'clies. 

After the ceremony prescribed by the ritual had 
been performed by his Gi-ace, a Solemn High Mass was 
offered by the Very Rev. William Starrs, Vicar General, 
Avith Rev. Thomas Mooney of St. Bridget's as deacon, 
Rev. H. P. Baxter as subdeacon, and the Rev. Francis 
McNeirny, master of ceremonies. The churcb was most 
attractive in its new and improved condition: the altar 
was loaded with flowers contributed ])j the Ladies of 
the Sacred Heart, Manhattanville. The music, a mass by 
Bernardi, was rendered with great skill, under the direc- 
tion of Dr. Daly, the accomplished oi'ganist. 


The sermon was preaclaed by the Rev. Mr. O'Far- 
rell of St. Peter's Church, his text being from the Apo- 
calypse (xx. 2). Before giving his episcopal benediction, 
his Grace also addressed the multitude, who filled the 
church, congratulating them on the improvement of their 
edifice, and the general zeal manifested in the spii-itual 
growth of the parish. 

The parish of St. Paul's has several sodalities and 
a flourishing rosary society amongst its members, while 
the altar shows the zeal of the ladies of the society 
devoted to its care and adornment. There is a well- 
sustained temperance society, and tlie conference of the 
Society of St. Vincent de Paul is well organized and 

The schools, under the care of the Sisters of Charity, 
number about nine hundred cliildi-en. 





WE regret deeply our inability to ascertain the 
time and place of the birth, or any j)articu- 
lars of tlie earl}- life of one of the oldest clergymen 
connected with tlie Catholic cluu'ches in New York City, 
who has labored steadily in the diocese, from his ordi- 
nation, in city parishes and in rural districts, for more 
than a quarter of a century. 

He was educated for the priesthood at St. Joseph's 
Seminary, Fordham, and was ordained by the Right 
Reverend Bishop Plughes on the 80th of May, 1847. 

His first appointment was that of assistant in the 
large parish of St. James, Brooklyn, since tlie cathedral 
parish of that episcopal city. In 1848, the Rev. Mr. 
Higgins, of Westchester, being compelled to seek a tem- 
porary respite on account of ill health, the Rev. Mr. 
Maguire was sent to St. Raymond's Chm-ch, assuming 
charge also of the congi'egation at Throgg's Neck. He 
remained as permanent pastor till the year 1853, when 
he was made parish priest of St. Mary's Church at 

After a short stay at that ])oint he was transferred 


to the Chiu'cli of the Immaculate Conception at Yon- 
kers, where he continued during the year 1854 and tlie 
following year. He has since been connected with 
chiu-ches Avithin the limits of the city, so that he is 
well and widely known. In 1857, he was assistant at 
St. Joseph's Church on Sixth Avenue; from 1858 to 
1862, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in 
Fom-teenth Street; from 1862 to 1866, at St. Patrick's 

From the last date he has been pastor of St. Paul's 
Church at Harlem, a period of twelve years. 

The improvements in the chm-ch, and the flourishing 
state of the society connected with the chm-ch, show 
that his ministry has not been a barren one. 


Roll of H 


Barry, John. 

Farrell, Thomas. 

McCarthy, Eugene, Mrs. 

Beruey, Patrick, Mrs. 

Farrelly, James. 

McCue, Magdalena. 

Bissicks, Joseph. 

Ferrigan, Patrick F. 

McGinnis, Robert. 

Blundel, Fanny, Mrs. 

Flyiin, James S. 

McGowan, M. Milmo. 

Boyland, James. 

Fox, Michael. 

McGuire, Henry. 

Breslin, Patrick. 

Gaffney, James H. 

McGuire, Patrick. 

Buggy, John. 

Gearon, Michael. 

McNamee, John. 

Burke, Michael. 

Gilligan, Patrick. 

McParlan, Thomas. 

Byrnes, Wilham. 

Green, Maggie. 

McSorley, John A. 

Carey, Peter C. 

Halloran, John. 

Madden, John. 

Carson, James. 

Halpin, John. 

Meehan, John. 

Coates, W. J. 

Halpin, Thomas. 

Miller, John R. 

Coffey, Thomas. 

Harney, Thomas. 

Molly, William. 

Coman, John M. 

Hayes, Thomas F. 

Moore, James. 

Connell, Hugh G. 

Hays, Daniel. 

Moore, John. 

Connolly, John H. 

Heffernan, Joseph. 

Mullen, Thomas. 

Conyngham, Daniel. 

Heffernan, Rodger. 

Murray, John. 

Coogan, Hugh. 

Hickey, John. 

Nagle, William. 

Coyle, Elizabeth, Mrs. 

Higgins, Jeremiah. 

Nevins, Patrick. 

Cronin, Patrick. 

Hogan, William F. 

Nolan, John. 

Crowley, James. 

Holland, Edward. 

Norris, James. 

Cullen, John. 

Hughes, James. 

O'Brien, John. 

Daly, Lawrence. 

Hughes, Matthew. 

O'Donnell, Edmund B. 

Davin, Norah. 

Hughes, William. 

O'Kane, Peter. 

Deady, Daniel C. 

Keegan, James. 

O'Reilly, Dominick. 

Dealy, William J. 

Kehoe, James. 

Point, Emanuel. 

Dobbins, James. 

Kelly, Bernard. 

Quigley, Daniel J. 

Dobbins, John. 

Kelly, Edward E. 

Regan, Daniel. 

Dolan, Stephen. 

Kelly, James. 

Regan, James. 

Donethy, John. 

Lally, John M. 

Reilly, John. 

Donohue, Patrick. 

Lalor, James F. 

Royston, Joshua T. 

Donovan, Timothy. 

Lalor, Julia A., Mrs. 

Ryan, Patrick. 

Duffy, Constantine. 

Lalor, Patrick H. 

Shandley, Christopher. 

Dunn, Thomas. 

Lambert, Charles. 

Slavin, Daniel. 

Dwyer, ^ohn. 

Laughlin, Daniel. 

Sullivan, John. 

Edwards, John. 

Leddy, Timothy. 

Sullivan, Michael. 

Falvey, Dennis. 

Lennon, Thomas. 

Walsh, James. 

Farrell, Andrew F. 

McCann, Margaret. 

Weston, Cornelius. 





ONE of the best known of our city cliurches is 
tliat of the so-called Paulist Fathers, erected 
under the title of " St. Paul the Apostle," situated on 
the block fronting Ninth Avenue, between Fifty-ninth and 
Sixtieth Streets. The original chiu-ch no longer exists ; 
it having comprised the two lower stories of the build- 
ing now Avholly occupied by the Fathers as a convent, 
the corner-stone of which was laid by the ]\Iost Rev. 
Ai-chbishop Hughes, on Trinity Sunday, June lOtli, 1859, 
and formally opened and blessed for divine worship by 
the Very Rev. William StaiTs, Vicar General, on the 
first Sunday of Advent, November 27 th of the same 
year. This biiilding was twice enlarged to accommodate 
the rapidly increasing niimber of parishioners, the first 
addition being made in 1861, and the second in 1865. 
Thus enlarged, the seat accommodation amounted to 
thirteen hundi'ed. The parochial limits assigned to this 
chiu-ch at its opening were \^'idely extended, embracing 
all the upper part of the city on the west side from 
Fifty-second Street to Manhattanville, and from Sixth 
Avenue to the North River. The Catholic population at 


the time was, however, small, and the Missionary Fathers 
who made it their headquarters had to collect funds all 
over the country to enable them to erect their convent 
and temporary church. 

About the year 18G6, the parishioners living between 
this chm-cli and Manhattanville secured for themselves a 
site for a new church, and the present Clnu-ch of the 
Holy Name of Jesus, situated at the junction of the 
Boulevard and Ninety-seventh Street, was built, and 
given in charge of the Rev. Richard Brennan, formerly 
pastor at Port Jervis. The line of division between this 
new parish and that of the Paulist Fathers was placed 
at Seventy-fifth Street. In the year 1876, another new 
parish was formed by his Eminence the Cai'dinal Arch- 
bishop McCloskey, and tlie ])resent Chm-ch of the Sacred 
Heart, situated in Fifty-first Street, was opened. To 
form the parish limits of this latter chm-ch, the parish 
of the Paulist Fathers was again cm-tailed, and the line 
of division on the south was placed at Fifty-fom-th 
Street. The portion thus cut off contained about one- 
third of the whole number of parishioners attached to 
the Church of St. Paul the Apostle. In the present 
year (1878), the number of souls in the parish is esti- 
mated at six thousand five hundred. 

The chm-ch now used for divine worship is a 
temporary wooden structm-e, one hundred feet square, 
facing on Sixtieth Street, between Ninth and Tenth Ave- 


nues, opened for use on January 213 tli, 1877. Its seating 
capacity is one thousand, but the wide aisles left unoc- 
cupied by pews give standing room for almost as many 
more. An unusual proportion of the room is occupied 
by the sanctuary, it being twenty-five feet wide and 
extending across the whole liuikling, one hundi-ed feet. 
The use of so much room is demanded Ijy the choral 
arrangements and the imposing ritual ceremonies for 
which this church has always been remarkable, and par- 
ticulai-ly so since the year 1870, Avhen the Gregorian 
Chant was adopted by the Fathers as the ruling melody 
for all their church services. In the centre of the 
sanctuary stands the high altar, flanked on either side by 
four rows of black-walnut choir stalls. On the left 
stands the altar of the Blessed Virgin and slu-ine of the 
Sacred Heart. On the right is the organ, in front of 
which are the altars of St. Joseph and St. Justinus the 
Martyr, and shrine of Our Lady of Lom-des. Thi-ee 
lamps are kept per^jetually burning — one before the Blessed 
Sacrament, another before the shrine of the Sacred Heart, 
and a third before the altar of St. Justinus, under which 
repose the relics of that martyr, exhumed from the cata- 
combs. From the time of the erection of the shrine of 
Our Lady of Loiu'des, December 8th, 1874, the people 
have continued to exhibit very great devotion to it — by 
prayers said before it, and by the offering of votive wax 
tapers, Avhich are to be seen burning there every day in 


the year. There are, perhaps, but few churches in the 
United States, or even in Europe, wliei'O the ceremonial 
of the sacred rites of the Cathohc Chiu'ch are more 
strictly observed or more decorously performed than in 
this unpretentious edifice. Indeed, it is a special point 
of the rule of the Paulist community, that in all churches 
over which they may have control, the Roman ritual 
shall be obsei'ved to the very letter. 

Between the present temporary chm-ch and Ninth 
Avenue, a new clnu'ch of vast proportions is already 
being built. The walls of the basement are now finished 
to the height of twenty feet. Its general dimensions are 
as follows : — 

Total length, 284 feet; total width, 128 feet; length 
of nave and aisles, 178 feet; widtli of the nave, 60 
feet ; width of the aisles, each 1 feet ; twelve side 
chapels, each 12 by 20 feet ; chapel of the Blessed 
Virgin, 25 by 20 feet ; chapel of St. Joseph, 25 by 
20 feet ; width and depth of the sanctuary, 60 feet ; two 
towers, each 300 feet. Capacit)^, seats for 2,500 persons 
and standing room for 1,500 more. The great sanctuary 
will contain choir stalls for 120 clergy and senior chor- 
isters, and for 200 boy choristers. There are to be 
twelve or more confessionals, where confessions will l)e 
heard every day. The architect is Mr. Jeremiah 
O'Rourke of Newark, New Jersey. The designs show a 
building of massive and imposing proportions, but plain 


and very sparing- uf expensive ornamental work on tlio 

On the 20tli of February, 1875, the Holy Father 
Poi)e Pius IX. was gi'aciously pleased to bestow liis 
apostolic benediction upon the Paulist Fathers, and also 
upon all who should contribute towards the biulding of 
their new church. The ceremony of the solemn bless- 
ing- and laying of the first stone of this magnificent struc- 
ture took place on the feast of Pentecost, June 4th, 
1876, in presence of a vast multitude of people, num- 
bering over eleven thousand five hundi-ed, as was ascer- 
tained by actual count ; each person being- presented -with 
a small tract descriptive of the new chm-ch, as they ap- 
proached by the different avenues and streets leading to 
the place. The ceremony was performed by the lit. 
Rev. Michael A. Corrigan, D.D., Bishop of Newark, and 
the sermon was preached by the Rev. J. L. Spalding, 
D.D., now the Bishop of Peoria. 

The founders of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle 

were the Rev. Fathers Isaac T. Hecker, Augustine F. 

Hewit, George Deshon, and Francis 'A. Baker, who, by 

decree of the Holy Father Pope Pius IX., bearing date 

March 6th, 1858, were pemiitted to leave the congregation 

of the Most Holy Redeemer, of which they had been 

members, in order that they might be at liberty to form a 

new congregation of Missionary Priests, of which the Rev. 

Father Hecker was elected superior, and became the first 


pastor of the church, which received the same name as 
that of their rehgious community. Being the first com- 
munity of Missionary Priests founded in the United' 
States, and all its originators being native bom Ameri- 
cans, few places may be said to possess more interest 
for American Catholics than the Church and Community 
of St. Paul the Apostle. The labors of Father Hecker 
and his associates are widely known and justly appreciated, 
and have made their mark in the history of the Catho- 
lic Church of the United States. Their missions, lectures, 
publications, and other works, have brought them most 
prominently before the American people. The Catholic 
World magazine, wliich they created and have sustained 
for so many years, has worthily obtained a high place 
among the periodicals of this country and Em-ope, and, 
together with their other literary labors, has helped most 
signally to elevate the tone of Catholic literature, and to 
command the respect of all classes for the faith of which 
they have been such zealous and enlightened exponents. 




AMONG the remarkable and representative Catholic 
clergymen of New York City will ever be num- 
bered the Rev. Isaac T. Hecker, who has endowed the 
Chui'cli in the United States with a new congregation of 
Missionary Priests, sanctioned by the Archbishop of New 
York with the permission of the Holy See, and with a 
rule esjjecially adapted to the work befoi'e the Chui-ch in 
this country. 

Few of the clergy in this country are so thoroughly 
conscious of the tone and tendency of American thought, 
of the aspirations and aims of the active American mind, 
have built greater hopes on all that is true and noble 
in it, or labored more earnestly to dispel the mists of 
error that encircle it and. lead it to the truth. 

He is a native of New York City, born here in 
1819. His education was received in the schools of his 
da}' to fit him for the mercantile life in which his 
brothers had embarked, and were acquiring wealth and 
esteem by the perfection of their flour mills, and the 
high business character they established. But it was 
soon evident that a life of study rather than a mercan- 
tile life was congenial to Isaac. In the summer of 1843, 


led, as many American tliinlcers were, to embrace the 
new social ideas promulgated in France, he joined the 
Association for Agricnltm-e and Education at Brook Farm, 
West Roxbury, Mass., and at a later date took part in 
a similar organization at Worcester, Mass. 

His mind was too clear not to perceive, in a very 
brief trial, that these systems furnished only husks for 
the cravings of the human mind, and gave it no sub- 
stantial aliment. On his return to New York, his exam- 
ination of Catholic doctrines and principles led him to 
accept them, and in 1845 he was received into the Church. 

He was by nature one to diffuse his ideas, and to 
influence others. The ministry seemed natui'ally his place. 
The congregation of Missionary Priests of the Most Holy 
Redeemer, founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori, as he beheld 
it here, seemed to him one to which he was called. He 
went to Europe, was received as a novice at St. Trond, 
in Belgium, in 1847. After passing his novitiate and a 
course of theological study, he was sent by his superiors 
to England, where, in 1849, he was raised to the priest- 
hood by the late Cardinal Wiseman. Two years were 
then spent in missionary duty in England, but in 1851 
he returned to this country with several other American 
members of the congregation, and took his place among 
the Redemptorist Fathers laboring in the United States, 
but hitherto almost exclusively among the German element. 
For seven years Father Hecker was a zealous missionary, 


employed in various parts of tlie country among the En- 
glish-speaking Catholics. But certain obstacles in the way 
of these English missions made him anxious to secure 
the means of prosecuting them more effectually. 

With this view, Father Hecker, in 1857, visited Rome, 
and at length, his case was laid before the Holy Father 
himself for his si;preme adjudication. The result was that 
the connection of Father Hecker and his companions with 
the congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer ceased, and 
they formed a new missionary society, under the name 
of the Congregation of St. Paul the Apostle. Establishing 
themselves in New York, with the approval ;ind cnconr- 
agement of the Most Reverend Archbishop Hughes, they 
conmienced a church and convent at the cornev of Ninth 
Avenue and Fifty -ninth Street. Besides the care of the 
congregation which at once filled their temporary church, 
the Fathers of the new conffreijation Ijeu^an to "•ive 
missions in churches throughout the countr}', producing 
great good. 

Father Hecker, in 1855, issued a work entitled 
" Questions of the Soul," followed two years later by the 
" Aspirations of Natm'e," both a.da})ted to the vast num- 
ber of Americans -who have cut themselves loose from all 
the systems engendered by the Protestant Reformation 
and reached the plane of naturalism. In Rome he pub- 
lished two essays on Catholicity in the United States, 
which were translated into several languages. 


The need of a Catholic periodical of high character, 
taking a position between the review and the popular 
magazine, led to the establishment of the Catholic World, 
which has so met the wants of the whole body of the 
faithful that it has reached its twenty-seventh volume, 
and done immense service in elevating the thought, culture, 
and literary taste of the community. 

The establislunent of a Catholic Publication Society 
was another work of Father Hecker's. The issue of 
tracts and treatises in a cheap form was one of its main 
objects, but though this system seems to never become 
popular among Catholics, the society has been the medium 
of issuing many valuable Avorks. 

In the ecclesiastical aflPairs of the country, Father 
Hecker has appeared prominently. He attended the Sec- 
ond Plenary Council of Baltimore as Superior of the 
Missionary Priests of St. Paul the Apostle, and was made 
Vicegerens of the Second Congregation on the Hierarchy 
and Government of the Church, and the Education and 
Pious Training of Youth. He delivered a sermon before 
the Fathers of the Council on the Future Triumphs of 
the Chvirch. 

He subsequently took part in the Third Diocesan 
Synod of New York, held in September, 1868. 

He was at Rome dm-ing the sessions of the Vatican 
Council, and caused to be written for the Catholic World 
a series of excellent papers on its proceedings. 



Within the 

last few years his 

health has been se- 

riously affected. 

He went to Europe to obtain advice, 1 

but he lias not 

entirely recovered, 

and his comparative 

retirement from 

liis useful and pious ( 

jareer is a subject of 

general regret. 

His frank, clear, in 

onounced, and sound 

views are missed alike in the councils of his Eminence, 

in the pulpit, and in the field of Catholic literature ; but 

we trust only for a brief time. 


Roll of H 


Arrieta, Perquillo. 

Cassidy, William. 

Devlin, James. 

Behan, John. 

Cleary, William. 

Dolan, Francis. 

Black, Thomas. 

Connolly, Alice, Mrs. 

Donohue, Margaret, Mrs. 

Braden, John. 

Connolly, Kate. 

Donohue, Michael. 

Brennan, Thomas. 

Connor, William. 

Dowling, Thomas A. 

Brown, Joanna. 

Conway, Rose, Mrs. 

Down, Frederick J. 

Browne, WilUam. 

Corblis, John. 

Doyle, Mary. 

Buckley, Martin. 

Cosgrove, James C. 

Ducey, John, Mrs. 

Butler, M., Mrs. 

Curley, Edward J. 

Duffy, Bernard C. 

Byrnes, Matthew. 

Curnen, Annie T. 

Duffy, Frank. 

Byrnes, Patrick J. 

Curtin, John. 

Dwyer, John. 

Callaghan, Patrick. 

Cosgrove, James C. 

Eagan, Edward. 

Carey, Francis. 

Daly, Eliza, Mrs. 

Eagen, Patrick. 

Carolin, James. 

Daly, Joanna, Mrs. 

Fariey, Kate, Mrs. 

Carroll, James. 

Danvers, Robert E. 

Farrell, Mary. 

Carroll, John. 

Daskam, Eliza Sisk. 

Farrell, Michael. 

Carroll, Mary. 

Delany, Andrew. 

Feeley, Michael M. 

Casey, Patrick. 

Dempsey, Thomas. 

Field, William H. 

Cassidy, James. 

Devine, Matthew J. 

Finnan, Francis. 



Furey, John. 
Gallagher, Michael. 
Golding, Patrick. 
Goodwin, John J. 
Gordon, Edward. 
Gordon, Edward P. 
Gormley, Patrick. 
Grant, John. 
Guion, William H. 
Harlin, John. 
Harold, John. 
Hassell, Samuel. 
Healy, John W. 
Hecker, George V. 
Heimbuch, Rosina. 
Henry, John. 
Hicks, Michael. 
Hogan, Ellen. 
Horgan, J. J. 
Hughes, George W. 
Jetter & Dux. 
Kane, Alice, Mrs. 
Kane, Cornelius J. 
Kearney, Peter. 
Kearney, William, Mrs. 
Kearns, T. J. 
Kelly, Charles. 
Kelly, Frank A. 
Kennedy, John. 
Kitson, Henry, Mrs. 
Leonard, Terence. 
Lynch, Edward. 
Lyons, Edmond. 
McArdle, Henry. 
McAuley, Margaret, Mrs. 
McAvoy, James E. 
McCarthy, John. 

McCue, John. 
McDermott, Michael. 
McDonnell, Patrick. 
McGowan, Michael. 
McKenna, Michael J. 
McKenney, Thomas. 
McKeon, John. 
McMaster, James A. 
McNeirny.James L., Mrs. 
Mackey, John. 
Maginn, P. F. 
Malone, Andrew. 
Martin, Francis. 
Martin, Thomas. 
Masterson, John H. 
Masterson, Mary, Mrs. 
Mathews, Arthur. 
Milleman, David. 
Mesigh, Catharine, Mrs. 
Monks, John. 
Moore, James. 
Morgan, John. 
Morgan, P., Mrs. 
Morrissey, Lawrence. 
Muldoon, Silvester. 
Mulligan, Patrick J. 
Murphy, James. 
Murphy, John. 
Murray, James B. 
Murray, Patrick. 
Noonan, Alice, Mrs. 
O'Brien, Francis. 
O'Brien, Thomas. 
O'Callahan, Thomas. 
O'Farrell, Catharine, Mrs. 
O'Hara, James. 
O'Neil, Charles. 

O'Reilly, Patrick. 
Phelan, Mary Ann. 
Power, Maurice W. 
Pryor, James. 
Raborg, Samuel A. 
Redmond, David. 
Richardson, John W. 
Riley, Thomas. 
Robinson, George B. 
Rogan, James H. 
Rogers, Hugh J. 
Russell, Michael. 
Ryan, James. 
Ryan, Joseph P. 
Savage, Sarah A. 
Scanlan, Honorah. 
Scanlan, M. 
Shannon, John. 
Shannon, Thomas. 
McNamara, Michael J. 
Skelly, William. 
Slattery, James. 
Smith, Michael. 
Spaulding, Ellen, Mrs. 
Spencer, John Campbell. 
Sprague, Henry E. 
Stafford, Maurice. 
Tallon, James and Susan. 
Taylor, George H. 
Temperly, John. 
Thornton, Rachel, Mrs. 
Travers, Frank. 
Travers, Vincent P. 
Vought, AVilliam H. 
Winston, J. 
Wagner, Harrison. 
Whitty, Robert. 





ON the 23d of November, 1783, the City of New 
York was evacuated by the last Enghsh army, 
and it was able to enjoy the freedom purchased by seven 
years of war and sacrifices. It was by no means a 
large town. MuiTay Street was its northern limit, and 
the ruins of many public and private buildings destroyed 
in the great fii'e of 1776 still disfigured the place. For 
its twenty thousand people there were nine churches fit 
for use ; but of these nine, the few Catholics could not 
claim one. Yet they were free : the victorious army 
had its Catholic officers and soldiers ; Catholic ministers 
of foreign countries, following the lead of La Luzerne, 
the envoy of France, entered the city. In the follow- 
ing year the Continental Congress, which included some 
Catholic members, held its sessions in New York ; and 
after the adoption of the Constitution the new Congress 
met here till 1790, and dtu"ing that period it was the 
residence of the President and of all the foreign min- 

No sooner was the island free from the Britisli than 


Father Farmer made liis way into New York, extending 
liis mission tour as far as Peekskill, in December, 1783. 
The Catholics in the city endeavored to seciu'e a suit- 
able hall for a chapel, but this proved impracticable ; 
the authorities would not grant a room in the Exchange, 
when requested by the French Consul in 1785, and there 
was no hall to be hired. So Father Farmer said mass 
for his flock where he could : now in a house in Water 
Street; in a carpenter's shop in Barclay Street — the old 
Italian gentleman, Mr. Trapani, we knew in our youth, 
who heard mass there, is still vivid in om* recollection ; — 
in the house in Vauxhall Gardens, near Wan-en Street ; 
wherever, in fact, they could get or hire accommoda- 
tion for the moment. In 1785, the room they occupied 
was, an Italian traveler tells us, far from becoming the 
noblest worship ever offered by man to his Creator; but 
the papers of the day tell us that they met at times 
that year in the house of Don Diego de Gardoqui, on 
Broadway, near Bowling Green — the truly Catholic am- 
bassador of the Catholic king. 

The faithful in the city, long deprived of all the 
influence of the Church, were deeply imbued with many 
of the prevailing Protestant ideas, and adopted their sys- 
tem of church organization. The little Catholic commu- 
nity, without priest or altar, organized as a congrega- 
tion, and, without consulting or recognizing ecclesiastical 
authority, on the 11th of June, 1785, incorj)orated St. 


Peter's Church, under a general act passed by the State 
Legislature, April 6, 1784. St. John de Crevecoeur, 
Consul General of France ; Jose Roiz Silva, John Stew- 
art, and Henry Duffin, Avere named as the first trustees. 
An Irish Capuchin Father, the Rev. Charles Whelan, 
who had, as a chaplain in De Grasse's fleet, seen the 
overthrow of Cornwallis, and subsequently been taken 
prisoner, came to New York in 1784, Avith letters from 
Lafayette, and, doubtless, from his admiral. The Rev. 
John Carroll, then Prefect Apostolic of the Catholics in 
the United States, after some hesitation, gave him facul- 
ties. The venerable Father Farmer, soon to close his own 
career of mission labor, was among the congregation he 
had collected in New York, in November, 1784, and in 
April, 1785, and continued a supervision over the flock 
till his deatli. The first pastor of the Catholic body in 
New York was a priest of blameless life, fitted by edu- 
cation for liis position, Avith no little dry wit ; l)ut he 
was not an eloquent preacher, and his long residence in 
France had made the language of that country more 
ready to him than his own. Unfortunately, though he 
could find only tAventy communicants, he found many 
noisy people who wished a thundering preacher rather 
than a good confessor. In fact, most of them, from Avant 
of opportunity to ' practice their religion, Avere in the 
greatest ignorance of their faith and obligations. During 
his brief pastoral charge, the trustees of St. Peter's, after 


sevenil inelicctual attempts elsewhere, purchased of Trin- 
ity Chm-ch, in the winter of 1785, a plot of ground on 
the corner of Barclay and Church Streets, mainly, it 
would seem, under the advice of Mr. Silva. Don Diego 
de Gardoqui, the Sj^anish minister, was the greatest sup- 
port of this attempt. He interested his royal master, 
who allotted a considerable sum to aid in erecting New 
York's first Catholic chm-ch; and when the ground was 
prepared for the laying of the corner-stone, that ceremony 
was performed by the Spanish minister, no mention being 
made of the presence of a clergyman or the ceremo- 
nial prescribed b}^ the Roman ritual. The event took 
place on the 4th of November, 1785, the feast of St. 
Charles Borromeo, patron of Charles IV., King of Spain, 
and on that day mass was said at the house of the 
representative of his Catholic Majesty. 

The venerable John Carroll, as Prefect Apostolic, vis- 
ited New York in 1785, to administer the sacrament of 
confirmation for the first time on our island. He was 
deeply interested in the projected church, and employed 
the authority conferred upon him, as well as liis personal 
influence, to unite the flock to their pastor, but found, even 
at that early day, in some of the trustees a very defiant 
spirit. At the time of the laying of the corner-stone he 
was invited to visit New York and perform the cere- 
mony, but was then at too great a distance on official 


During the year, tlie Catholics of New York, for the 
first time, enjoyed the spiritual advantage of a jubilee, 
that of 1776 having been specially extended to the United 
States for a definite period. It was now duly piiblislied 
in the temporary Church of St. Peter. 

The work on the new clnirch advanced, and was so 
far completed dm-ing the year 178G that the Holy Sac- 
rifice was offered for the first time, in October, by the 
Rev. Andrew Nugent, a Capuchin, who had arrived, but 
'to whom the Rev. Mr. Carroll had been unable to give 
faculties. lie was now alone at New York, Father Whelan 
having retired February 12th, 1786, in consequence of 
the violence of the trustees and the intrigues of Father 

The church, described by an Italian traveler as a 
handsome structure, was built of brick, and was forty- 
eight • feet in front by eighty-one deep ; but there was 
yet no vestry, portico in front, or even pews within. 

The erection of the church was a matter of triumph. 
It was the fii'st Catholic church erected and opened after 
the United States achieved their indejiendence and took 
their place among the nations of the earth. Dr. Carroll 
communicated to the authorities at Rome the consoling 
intelligence, and asked apparently to be empowered to 
consecrate it, as the answer was given that such a power 
was rarely if ever communicated to any one not a 


The congregation, ^vlioso trustees siding with Nugent 
had di-iven from the chiu'ch the worthy Fatlier Whelan, 
soon made such repeated complaints against the miscon- 
duct of the priest whom tliey had upheld against the 
authority of the ^^refect, that Dr. Carroll found it neces- 
sary to come to New York, in October, 1787. 

An examination on the spot made him feel it his 
duty to annul Father Nugent's faculties, and, on his re- 
sistance, to suspend him. The misguided priest would not 
yield. lie held possession of St. Peter's Church, and re- 
fused to submit. He went to such lengths that the con- 
gregation laid the matter before the Grand Jury, and he 
was found guilty of riot. " His counsel pleaded that, being 
the lawful pastor, he could not be guilty of a riot, in 
going to take possession of his church; that the person 
who deposed him received his jurisdiction from the Pope ; 
that is a jui'isdiction contrary to the laws of New York. 
This plea was overruled, and verdict given against him." 
In a touching address, full of sound and correct princi- 
ples, which he endeavored to impress on the congrega- 
tion and its leaders. Dr. CaiToll announced the appoint- 
ment, as pastor, of the Rev. William O'Brien, a zealous 
and talented Dominican Father. 

This worthy priest was the first to organize the con- 
gregation of St. Peter's, and instill sound principles and 
gradually bring all to the practice of their religion. 
The Catholic Church at the capital of the United States 


could thus present to tlie whole comniunit}' a picture of 
unity, piet}-, and respect for their own ecclesiastical system. 
This was all the more necessary as the adoption of the 
Constitution and the inauguration of the new form of 
govermnent were tO' make New York even more impor- 
tant than before. 

In April, 1789, George Washington was inaugurated 
President of the United States, and the First Congi-ess 
held its sessions in New York. Then in St. Peter's 
Church could be seen among the congregation the Count 
de Moustier, Minister of France ; Don Diego de Grardoqui, 
the Spanish Minister ; Hector St. Jean de Crevecoeur, 
French Consul General, author of the " Letters of an 
American Farmer ; " Thomas Stoughton, Spanish Consul ; 
Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Daniel Carroll, Thomas 
Fitzsimmons, ^danus Burke, the learned judge, all Sen- 
ators or Representatives in Congress ; the Marchioness 
de Brehan, and many a person of distinction. 

But with all tlie lusti'e given by such personages 
and their contributions, St. Peter's was in a struggling 
condition. Father William O'Brien, who had been a 
classmate of the Archbishop of Mexico, resolved to visit 
the Spanish Pro-sdnces and endeavor to collect there 
from the generous Catholic people the funds required. 
At the request of Bishop Carroll, Don Diego de Gar- 
doqui give him letters, and Father O'Brien collected five 
thousand nine hundi-ed and twenty dollars in Mexico. 


He ])rouglit also several beautiful paintings by artists of 
the Mexican school that the world is just beginning to 
appreciate. A Crucifixion of remarkable power and beauty, 
the work of Jose Maria Vallejo, a celebrated Mexican 
painter, is still the altar-piece at St. Peter's. 

Father O'Brien, Avhose assistant, the Rev. Nicholas 
Boiu'ke, had acted during his absence, returned to find 
a new and terrible work before him. In 1795, the city 
was swept by that fearful scourge the yellow fever. 
Ilundi-eds perished, and the city was almost deserted by 
the -inhabitants. Though some precautions were taken, it 
made still greater ravages in 1798, and visited the city 
in 1799, 1801, and 1805. While clergymen of other de- 
nominations fled, Father William O'Brien remained at his 
post, hastening at the first call to the bedside of the 
dying, even in the most infected and dangerous parts of 
the city. This heroic conduct impressed all classes, and, 
there can be no doubt, excited the respect of the great 
physician, Dr. Richard Bayley, who bravely risked his 
life to study and if possible check the disease. But he 
could not have foreseen that his daughter was to found 
a sisterhood in the Catholic Church which would give 
its martyrs on similar fields, or that Ins grandson would 
one day fill the chair of Bishop CaiToll. 

The exliausting work told on Father O'Brien, and 

the next year the congregation appealed to the Bishop 

for an assistant; but there was no permanent appoint- 


ment, although several priests were temporarily in the 

Meanwliile the completion of the clnu-ch advanced, 
and on Easter Monday, 1794, the first sale of pews took 
place, and all who could afford it purchased pews, pay- 
ing a sum down for them, and afterwards an annual 
ground rent. Speculation was prevented by a clause, 
" That any person that shall be known to let his pew 
for more than the just value, according to the yearly 
rent, shall he dispossessed of it, or fined as a trafficker 
in the church, the fine to be given to the j^oor." 

The yellow fever not only swept away many of the 
Catholic body, especially of the poorer classes, bixt de- 
terred .others from settling in New York. Among the 
more important Catholics Avho died during the ^dsitations 
of the yellow fever were the Blarquis de Lotbiniere and 
the accomplished Italian physician Dr. Gianbattista Scan- 

In 1796, burial in the ground near the church was 
restricted to those who paid four dollars a year to the 
church, and were registered as members. 

In 1800, the pastor of St. Peter's, whom the Bishop 
had strongly urged to do all in his power for the proper 
education of the Catholic children, and their catechetical 
instruction, succeeded in establishing St. Peter's Free 
School, now one of the oldest establishments of the kind 
in the city, outdating by years any erected by city or 


State authority. It soon numbered five hundred i^upiLs, 
and in its existence of more than tlu-ee-quarters of a 
century has conferred the boon of CathoHc education on 
many thousands. 

Of the state of the chm-ch in 1800 we have some 
details. The debt was six thousand five lumdred dollars; 
the income from pew rents, eleven hundi-ed and twenty 
dollars, while the collections were only about three hundi-ed 
and sixty dollars a year. 

In 1804, St. Peter's was again visited by the Rig-lit 
Rev. Dr. Carroll, and about this time Father William 
O'Brien received assistants. The Rev. Dr. Matthew O'Brien, 
also a Dominican, who had acquired a reputation as an elo- 
quent preacher, and even issued a volume of sermons in 
Ireland, came in 1803. The Rev. Dr. Caffrey was also at 
St. Peter's about this time, as was the Rev. John Byme, an 
eloquent and energetic man, and the Rev. Michael Hui-ley 
of the Order of St. Augustine. 

Among the consoling events diu-ing this year was the 
reception into the bosom of Catholicity of Elizabeth Bay- 
ley Seton, who, after long and serious examination and 
prayer, received her final instructions from Dr. O'Brien, 
and made her abjuration in St. Peter's Chm-ch, on Ash 
Wednesday, March 14th, 1805, and was confii-med in the 
same church on the 26th <,f May in the following year. 
Of Father O'Brien and the priests in the city diu-ing 
the yellow fever of 1805, Hardie, an early historian of 


New York says: "The three clergymen of the Roman 
Catholic Church, namely, the Rev. Dr. William O'Brien, the 
Rev. Dr. Matthew O'Brien, and the Rev. Mr. Hurle}', were 
incessant in administering spiritual consolation to the sick 
of their congregation, nor did they in the discharge of 
this duty avoid the most filthy cellars or most infected 
places ; yet none of them was in the least infected with 
fever dming the season." 

In the following year, Father William O'Brien became 
too infirm to continue liis parochial duties ; Rev. Mr. 
Byrne went to Albany, and subsequently left the country. 
The Rev. Mattliias Kelly was made assistant in 1806, but 
was removed after little more than a year's service at 
the church, as was also Dr. Matthew O'Brien. 

The trustees meanwhile showed activity, and for the 
first time appeared in the hall of the New York Legis- 
lature. A Catholic, Francis Cooper, Esq., had been elected 
to the Assembly, but was met Ijy an oath which no 
Catholic could take. A petition was drawn up hj the 
trustees of St. Peter's, to which thirteen hundred names 
were soon appended, asking the abolition of an oath so 
vitally opposed to American principles. They also ajjplied 
for a portion of the school money proportioned to the 
number of their scholars. Both applications were crowned 
with success, " in spite," say the trustees, in a letter to the 
Right Reverend Bishop Can-oil ; "in spite of a good deal 
of the old hackneyed declamation against Pope and Pope- 


ly, by some liberal members of the lower house. In the 
Senate It was cari-ied with only one dissenting voice." 

The addi-ess forwarded by the trustees, in June of 
tliis year, to the venerable and illusti-ious Bishop Carroll, 
signed by Thomas Stoughton, Andi-ew Monis, Cornelius 
Heeny, Michael Roth, John Hoey, Jolm Byrne, and John 
Hinton, is one of the most consoling documents con- 
nected with the early annals of St. Peter's, breathing a 
truly Catholic spirit of respect and veneration. 

The attitude of the Catholic body seems to have 
been the pretext for the revival of old slanders, and a 
hostile spirit was soon manifested. On Clu'istmas Eve, 
1806, a riotous assemblage gathered around St. Peter's, 
and, finding that there was no midnight mass, as to 
which, at that time, the most extravagant ideas prevailed 
among ignorant Protestants, excited quite a distm-bance, 
but were repulsed from the church by some of the con- 
ffresration. The next night the same lawless crowd as- 
sailed the houses of Catholics living in Augustus Street, 
now known as City Hall Place. In the trouble that 
ensued, a watchman was killed and several persons in- 

It was the first of a long series of acts of mob 
violence asrainst Catholics in the United States. 

In July, 1807, the Right Reverend Bisho}) appointed 
as pastor of St. Peter's the Rev. Louis Sibourd, a French 
clergyman, who had been in the country since 1798, 


and whose learning and ability were higlily respected. 
His stay in New York was not of long dm-ation. He 
left the city in the summer of 1808, and asked to be 

The great Bishop of Baltimore felt deeply the con- 
dition of New York, where the increase of the faithful 
had no corresponding increase of churches and clergy — 
where, in fact, the one church was almost without a 
priest. He had long solicited from the Holy See a 
division of his diocese and the establisliment of a bishop 
at New York. In his present difficulty he appealed to 
the Society of Jesus, Avhich had just been reorganized 
in Maryland. The Superior responded to his appeal, and 
at the close of the year 1808, the learned Rev. An- 
thony Kohlman, and a yovmg American Father recently 
ordained, the Rev. Benedict J. Fenwick, came to St. 

The Holy See had yielded to the wishes of the 
venerable Carroll. His vast diocese had been divided, a 
new see was established at New York, and a learned 
and pious Dominican, the Right Reverend Richard 
Luke Concanen, had been appointed bishop, and was 
actually consecrated at Rome, in April, 1808. His 
ariival was daily expected, the French occupation of 
Italy having prevented his finding means to embark. 

The Jesuit Fathers set to work, hoping soon to be 
encom-aged by the presence of the bishop. They were 


assiduous in the confessional, in attending the sick, and 
found time to raise money for the schools and for the 
adornment of the church. 

They at once founded the New York Literary Insti- 
tution, a superior academy for boys, and opened negoti- 
ations with the Ursulines of Ireland, which resulted in 
the arrival of a colony of those excellent religious to 
begin a convent of their order in New York. The parish 
of St. Peter's, then including the whole island and its 
vicinity, contained, according to Father Kohlman's esti- 
mate, about sixteen thousand souls. To meet the wants 
of all, three sermons were preached every Sunday — in 
English, French, and German — and three sets of cate- 
chetical instructions given. 

But a new church was evidently needed, and as the 
arrival of the Bishop became more and more uncertain. 
Father Kohlman, as we have seen, founded St. Patrick's 
in 1809, and began the erection of that church. 

Many converts were received into the church at this 
time, and the two zealous priests of St. Peter's endeav- 
ored even to bring' the infamous Thomas Paine, on his 
death-bed, to a sense of the fearful impiety which he 
had propagated. 

All hope of the Bishop's assuming the direction of 
the diocese vanished in 1810, when news came of his 
sudden death at Naples. He had previously authorized 
Archbishop Carroll to appoint a vicar general to act in 


his 2ilace at New Yoi'k, and Father Kohlman became 
administrator dm-ing the vacancy of the see. 

On receiving news of the death of Bisliop Con- 
canen, the clergy prepared to celebrate a solemn fune- 
ral service for the repose of his soul. The trustees of 
St. Peter's spared no expense to render the ceremony 
interesting, and impress Catholics and others alike with 
a sense of the high veneration due the episcopal char- 
acter. The sanctuary, the whole altar, and the curtains 
were black ; the catafalque was elegantly aiTanged, with 
the badges of the episcopal rank — the mitre, crosier, &c. 
A Solemn High Mass, with deacon and subdeacon, was 
celebrated, with music in keeping with the solemn rite. A 
funeral sermon on the episcopal dignity was delivered 
by the Rev. Benedict J. Fenwick, to an audience more 
numerous than had ever been seen in a New York 
church. " I am informed," says Father Kohlmann, " that 
no solemnity performed in our church ever made so 
blessed an impression on all those who were present, as 
that of the said funeral service." 

In the spring of 1.S13, Father Kohlmann, pastor of 
St. Peter's, appeared before a court in a new and strange 
position. A Catholic named Keating made a complaint 
against one Philips, for receiving goods stolen from him, 
but before the supposed thieves or the receiver were 
brought to trial, Keating's property was restored to liim. 
When he asked to have the case dismissed, the magis- 


trate ascertained that the stolen goods had been given 
back to him by the Rev. Father Kohhnann. That clergy- 
man was at once smnmoned, bnt declined to give any 
information, on the ground that he had received it in 
the discharge of his duty as a confessor, and that by 
the rules of the church he was bound to in^^olable 
secrecy as to all communications made to him in the 
tribunal of penance. He was summoned before the Grand 
Jmy, and made the same explanation. Wlien the case 
came on for trial, in March, 1813, he was called as a 
witness. Thus publicly brought to the bar, he explained 
at length his position: "Were I summoned to give 
evidence as a private individual (in which capacity I 
declare most solemnly I know nothing relative to the 
case before the court), and to testify from those ordinary 
sources of information from which the witnesses present 
have derived theirs, I shovild not for a moment hesitate, 
and shoidd even deem it a duty of conscience to de- 
clare whatever knowledge I might have; as it cannot 
but be in the recollection of this same honorable Court, 
I did not lono- since, on a different occasion, because 
my holy religion teaches and commands me to bo sub- 
ject to the higher powers in civil matters, and to respect 
and obey them. But if called upon to testify in quality 
of a minister of a sacrament, in which my God him- 
self has enjoined on me a perpetual and inviolable 
secrecy, I must declare to this honorable Court that I 


cannot, I must not answer any question that has a 
bearing upon the restitution in question ; and that it 
would be my duty to prefer instantaneous death, or any 
temporal misfortune, rather than disclose the name of the 
penitent in question. For, were I to act otherwise, T 
should become a traitor to my Church, to my sacred 
ministry, and to my God. In fine, I should render my- 
self guilty of eternal damnation." 

After he had exposed at length the doctrine and dis- 
cipline of the Church, the whole matter was argued by 
counsel. Mr. Riker ably maintained that such communi- 
cations were privileged. Mr. Gardinier replied, relying 
upon the course pursued in the British Isles, where not 
long before the Rev. Mr. Gahan had in a similar case 
been committed for refusing to answer. To this, William 
Sampson replied, with great eloquence and learning. De 
Witt Clinton, who presided in the coiu-t as Mayor, gave 
a long and eloquent decision, and held: "The only 
course is, for the Court to declare that he shall not 
testify or act at all." 

The case excited general interest, and during the 
argument and decision the clergy and trustees of St. 
Peter's Church were all in attendance in the court. 

The whole case was subsequently published, with an 
elaborate treatise by the learned Jesuit on the Sacra- 
ment of Penance, which the Protestants in vain endeav- 
ored to refute. 


Soon after the dedication of St. Patrick's, Father 
Kohhnann was recalled to Maryland, and the Rev. Father 
Fenwick remained as pastor of the two churches, with 
the assistance of some Fathers of liis society, and occa- 
sionally other priests. 

Mass was said alternately at the two churches on 
Sunday; and to aid the new church, many who owned 
or hired pews in St. Peter's were urged to piu-chase or 
hire also in the new Cathedral. This was done by the 
family of his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey, as well as 
by the writer's, and many of those then at St. Peter's 
who purchased pews in the Cathedral. His Eminence 
recollects that in those early times the childi'en would 
ask on a Sunday morning whether they were to go to 
St. Peter's or to the church in the country, for St. Pat- 
rick's stood amid woods and fields, with scarcely a house 
near it, and even some years after that period a fox was 
caught in the chm'chyard. 

On the 24th of November, 1815, New York at last 
received a bishop in the person of the Right Reverend 
John Connolly. The only priests for the two churches 
were the Very Rev. Benedict J. Fenwick, Vicar General, 
Rev. Peter Malou, with another Jesuit Father, and the 
Rev. Thomas Carberry. The Rev. Mr. Fenwick and one 
of his associates were recalled early in 1816. In 1817, 
separate acts of incorporation were obtained for St. Pat- 
rick's and St. Peter's. 


In January, 1818, the Rev. Charles Ffrench, a talented 
Dominican, preached at St. Peter's, and was soon after ap- 
pointed to the chiu'cli as pastor. He was a convert, his 
father having been a bishop of the Established Church; 
after a long and laborious life he died at Lawrence, 
Mass., January 6, 1851, aged eighty-five. The Rev. John 
Power, of Roscarbery, County Cork, Ireland, who had been 
professor in the Diocesan Seminary and curate at Youghal, 
came over at the solicitation of the trustees of St. Peter's. 
He was received into the diocese and stationed at St. 
Peter's, where, in 1822, his name appears as assistant to 
Father Ffrench. On the retirement of the latter, he was 
appointed by Bishop Connolly pastor of St. Peter's and 
subsequently Vicar General of the diocese. 

On the death of Rt. Rev. Bishop Connolly, his re- 
mains were taken to St. Peter's, where they lay in state 
on the 7th and 8th of February, 1825, in the middle 
aisle, and were visited by thirty thousand joersons, it was 
estimated. The requiem was celebrated in the most im- 
posing manner, and the service produced a deep im- 

The Very Rev. John Power was now administrator 
of the diocese, as well as pastor of St. Peter's. With 
that church he became identified diu-ing his long con- 
nection with it, extending over a period of thirty years. 
'•He was," says Archbishop Bayley, "an eloquent preach- 
er, and for many years an actiA^e and zealous missionary. 


111 the yellow fever of 1819 and 1822, and tlie first 
cholera of 1832, he perfoiTned faithfully the duties of a 
good pastor. He was from the commencement a most 
zealous friend of the Orphan Asylum, took the liveliest 
interest in all that concerned it, and preached many 
admirable sermons in its behalf" 

His associates at this time were the venerable Rev. 
Peter A. Malou, whose hfe had been a remarkable one. 
When the Belgians rose against the tyi-anny of Joseph 
II. of Austria, he was one of the generals who suc- 
ceeded in expelling the foreign armies from their terri- 
tory. He endeavored, in vain, by negotiation and mili- 
tary skill, to check the invading forces of revolutionary 
France; and, seeing that all was lost, resolved to make 
America his home, but, losing his wife, he renounced 
the world, and, concealing his education and social rank, 
applied to the Jesuits, in Russia, for admission as a lay 
brother. He was received, and employed in the usual 
work of a temporal coadjutor, till one day, as the rector 
was escorting a Belgian officer thi-ough the garden, he 
was astonished to see him suddenly stop and make a 
military salute to the new lay brother. The gentleman, 
recognizing his old general, had, unconsciously in his 
amazement, saluted him as of old, and the astonished 
rector learned the real merit of the hiunble novice. He 
was not permitted to enter as a lay brother, but was 
soon advanced to the priesthood, and was among those 


who were sent to the United States. When his fellow 
members of the Society of Jesus withdrew from New York 
he remained at St. Peter's, as he was personally boimd 
for some of the chm-ch liabilities. He died on the IStli 
of October, 1827, at the age of seventy-fom-. 

The Very Rev. Dr. Power was a man of great 
learning, piety, and talent. As a theologian he showed 
skill in his controversy with Dr. Brownlee, without any 
asperity or acrimony. He prepared several prayer-books 
for general use, and a Plistory of the New Testament 
in catechetical form. His charity was unbomided, know- 
ing no distinction in the appeal of want. 

On the ai^pointment of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Du Bois to 
the See of New York, the Very Rev. Dr. Power went 
to Baltimore and acted as one of the assistant prelates 
at his consecration. At the Bishop's installation, in St. 
Peter's Cathedi-al,' Dr. Power preached, announcing the ap- 
pointment to the congregation, and then resigned into the 
hands of the Right Reverend Bishop the trust he had 
filled for nearly two years. 

The Riffht Reverend Dr. Du Bois retained Dr. Power 
as pastor of St. Peter's and Vicar General of the dio- 
cese during his whole episcopate. 

The Rev. James M. Smith, Rev. William Quarter, 
P. Moran, and J. A. Neill were assistants between 1828 
and 1833. 

About the year 1834, the old brick church with its 


square tower and dome began to be regarded by some 
as no loncrer safe. The conOTe^ation, notwitlistandin"- the 
erection of new chm'ches, was still very large. To nse 
the language of the venerable Thomas O'Conor, " St. 
Peter's ovei-flowed." To enlarge or rebuild had been for 
years a favorite tojjic; the inadequacy of means or 
doubts as to the best coiu'se to pm-sue led the trustees 
from time to time to defer the subject. At length the 
evident decay of part of the materials of which the 
chm-ch was built caused alarm. A review of the build- 
ing was made on the 8th of April, 183G, by tlnee com- 
petent builders, who united in their report " that it was 
unsafe for a couOTeeration to assemble in said church in 
its present condition. The correctness of this report was 
shortly afterwards verified by the failing into the body 
of the chui'ch, at a time when the congi-egation was 
happily absent, of the entire flat portion "of the ceiling." 
The chm-ch if repaired would be inadequate, and it was 
resolved to rebuild it on an enlarged plan. 

The resolution to rebuild was passed on the 5th of 
June, 1836, and the next day the removal of the earth 
was commenced. The little space around the church had 
been the first cemetery of the Catholics in New York 
City, and the removal of the remains caused deep grief 
in many families. Most of the remains were conveyed 
to the Cathedi'al grovmd, and there careful!)' reintened. 
In a short time the ^original cemetery vanished, leaAnng 


as the oldest Catholic tombstones iu New York City 
those in Trinity churchyard. 

On the 9th day of August, the workmen began to 
lay the foundation stones of the new chm-ch, and pre- 
parations were made to suspend service in the venerable 
structure where the illustrious Archbishop) Carroll had 
officiated. The Holy Sacrifice of the mass was celebrated 
for tlie last time in old St. Peter's on the 28th day of 
August. Then the rude hand of destruction commenced 
its ^vork on the cradle of Catholicity in oiu* city, and 
in a few weeks every vestige of the honored structiu-e 
had vanished. 

The new church began under favorable auspices. The 
ground was clear from all incumbrance ; there was 
about ten thousand dollars in the treasury of the church. 
But results were to show that the vice of the trustee 
system was here to be developed to its utmost extent. 

The corner-stone of the new building, which was 
to be a Grecian structure of granite, was laid on the 
26th day of October, by the Right Rev. John Du Bois, 
Bisho^D of New York, with all the prescribed ceremonial. 
The number of attending clergy gave additional solemnity 
to the scene, and the eloquent addi-ess of the Very Rev. 
Dr. Power was listened to with the deepest attention. 

The building was then urged forward with more haste 
than economy. A priest, appealing to the faith of the 
people and their attachment to religion, can collect means — 


the larger donfitions of the few more wealthy, the many 
smaller conti'ibutions of the poor, whom it is a mark of 
the Church Catholic to have ever with her. A board of 
trustees can make no such appeal. "In the present case, 
soon after the erection of new St. Peter's was conmienced," 
says Archbishop Hughes, " the trustees induced the pastor 
of the church to proclaim from the 2)ulpit that the poor 
who had money, even in small sums, might, with perfect 
safety, give the use of it to the board of trustees; that 
they should allow the same interest that was allowed on 
deposits in the savings banks ; that it would be perfectly 
safe, and that, without loss to themselves, the depositors 
would be aiding the church and promoting religion." 

The appeal was responded to ; money flowed iiT and 
was lavishly expended, so that, when the church was 
completed, in 1837, the debt was more than one hun- 
di'ed and sixteen thousand dollars. 

As soon as the basement was completed it was fit- 
ted up for divine service, and on the first Sunday in 
September, 1837, Holy Mass was offered there. 

On the 25th of February, 1838, the interior of the 
church being finished, it was opened for public service. 
The dedication was performed by the Right Reverend 
Bishop Hughes. " The very reverend pastor, in a strain 
of eloquence in which it may be said he exceeded himself, 
preached to an audience of moi'e than four thousand per- 
sons, who occupied not only every pew but all the aisles 


and every spot where man could find a place to sit or 
stand. Many were excluded for want of fui-ther space." 

The Church was of Grecian architectm-e, a style 
which has never since been adopted in oui- city Catholic 
churches. It excited no little comment at the time, and 
the marble tabernacle, a representation of the chm-ch it- 
self, and the movable pulpit, appeared to many sti-ange. 
The accomplished scholar, the Eev. Chai-les Constantine 
Pise, who became assistant pastor of St. Peter's in 1839, 
on the occasion of the third anniversary of the dedication 
of the new chm-ch, entered upon an elaborate defence of 
the architecture, showing that they had followed the views 
of the illustrious Bishop Milner, author of the " End of 
Controversy." Of that occasion the venerable Thomas 
O'Conor said: "This was a glorious day for the Catholics 
of New York. A church of great architectm'al beauty, of 
studied solidity in all its parts, in size more than double 
that of the church that had been lately removed, was, at 
great expense, built within little more than one year. 
This edifice, a monument of the zeal and public spirit of 
the congregation, is not only a great convenience to 
ourselves, but an ornament to the city, elevating the 
Catholics, both as men and as Christians, in the esteem 
and respect of their dissenting brethi'en." 

Soon after the reopening of the chm-ch the difiicul- 
ties began to assimae a formidable aspect. The money 
borrowed had to be repaid ; but the current expenses 


had inci'eased, without any proportionate increase of rev- 
enue, and the interest even was a heavy burden. 

On the 19th of July, 1840, the venerable Thomas 
O'Conor delivered before the Society of St. Peter, iu the 
school-room of the church, a most interesting addi'ess, in 
which he reviewed the history of St. Peter's down to 
that time. He alludes to the exertions which the trustees 
were then making to liquidate the debts of the cluu'ch. 

But the system was bad. The erection of the church 
and of a parochial residence on leased ground, slowly 
and painfully accomplished, seemed to paralyze them. 
Year by year the debt assumed more fonnidable propor- 
tions, and though in the anniversary of 1841, when the 
venerable Bishop Du Bois celebrated Pontifical High Mass, 
the Rev. Dr. Pise dwelt on the beauty of the church 
and its venerable associations, nothing was done to meet 
the want — a general apathy prevailed. The venerable 
pastor, yielding to age and infirmity, could no longer 
give the energy of the olden time to his stin-ing appeals ; 
his accomplished assistant was not possessed of the finan- 
cial and administrative ability requisite, nor did the Board 
of Trustees contain any man competent to the emergency. 

In 1844, the Board became virtually banla*upt, and 
made an assignment of the chm'ch for the benefit of its 
creditors, whose claims then amoimted to $134,945. To 
the grief of the Catholic body, their oldest chm-ch was 
put up at auction at the Merchants' Exchange. The 


Right Reverend Bishop Hughes, who had been unable 
to remedy evils which he saw and dej)lored, liad the 
property purchased for him for forty-six thousand dollars 
But as creditors commenced suits, the validity of 
the sale was questioned, and the church remained five 
years in the hands of the assignees, getting constantly 
more involved, although the assignees received not only 
the pew rents, but, what they certainly had no right to 
touch, the voluntary contributions of the faithful for the 
maintenance of divine worship. 

On the 1st of November, 1849, Bishop Hughes at last 
obtained possession of the chm-ch, and put an end to the 
mismanagement perj^etuated in the name of the assignees. 

The venerable Dr. Power had passed away on the 
14th of April, 1849, his last years filled up with men- 
tal and bodily suffering, increased by the disasters that 
had befallen his beloved church. The Rev. Dr. Pise 
succeeded him ; but in November, the Right Reverend 
Bishop confided the church to the energetic Rev. "Wil- 
liam Quinn, and the Court appointed as assignees the 
Rev. James R. Bayley and James B. Nicholson, Esq., 
who at once began the task of disentangling and regu- 
lating the confused affairs of the church. 

A meeting was called of the principal members of 
the church, and once a way was seen out of tlieii" 
difficulty, and confidence restored, the work of rcdenqi- 
tion began. Under the determined and persistent energy 


of the new jiastor, collections were steadily made ; the 
income of the cluu'ch rose rapidly, so that in five years 
$22,675.72 of the outstanding notes were taken iip, and 
all arrears of interest and ground rent were cleared off, 
althougli in the previous five years less than thirteen 
hundred dollars in all had been paid. 

In tact, at the close of the year 1852, Archbishop 
Hughes had made a kind of jubilee at St. Peter's, and 
sang a Te Deum in thanksgiving for what had been 
even then accomplished, and the zeal evinced by the 
congregation to persevere till the church was cleai*. 

" I congratulate your pastor," said his Grace on that 
occasion, " who, by his prudence and his devotion and 
unceasing energy, has been ycjiu- representative, en- 
coiu'aging you, and accomplishing the wonderful tlungs 
which he has accomplished, when you find that within 
tkree years, besides the ordinary expenses of this church, 
he has paid, or you have enabled him to pay, twenty-two 
thousand dollars to the poor note-holders. I congratulate 
St. Peter's Cluu-ch, that they have borne their own bur- 
dens and called for no aid from other fpiarters." 

Under the guidance of the Rev. Mr. Quinn, the good 
■work went on iintil all but seven thousand dollars of 
the debt was paid off. Besides this old burden, new 
expenses came. Large stores were built on Vesey Street, 
running back to the rear of the cluu-ch, and the exca- 
vation tlrreatened tlie south, wall to siicli an extent that 


a new wall, twenty feet liigli, liad to be erected, with 
iron pillars and solidly braced, in order to make the 
building ftrm. This necessary woi'k, with a new iron rail- 
ing around the church, involved an additional ou.tlay of 
over twenty thousand dollars, which was all promptly 
i:)aid. The interior of the church was renovated and fres- 
coed by Molini, in 1855, and other improvements made 
without increasing the debt. 

In July, 1853, St. Peter's was filled -with Catholics 
and Protestants to attend a solemn requiem for an aged 
man whose coffined corpse lay before the altar. At the 
close of the mass the Rev. Mr. Quinn pronounced his 
eulogy. And never perhaps has the Catholic Chm-ch stood 
forth more grandly in New York that on that day. 
" Though no relative is left to movu-n for him," said the 
pastor, "yet many present will feel that they have lost 
one who always had wise counsel for the rich, encom-age- 
ment for the poor; and all will be grateful for having 
known him." The aid he gave the late Bishop Fenwick 
of Boston, to Dr. Power of om- city, to all Catholic 
institutions, his zeal during the yellow fever, were de- 
tailed, and the Rev. Mr. Quinn, closing, said : " There are 
few left among the clergy superior to him in devotion 
and zeal for the Church, and for the glory of God ; 
among lajmien, none." 

And the man whom the Catholic Church thus hon- 
ored was a black man, of humble calling, Pierre Toussaint. 


Dm-ing the period of his pastorship the Rev. Wilham 
Quinn was assisted by various clergymen — the Rev. Mi- 
chael Madden, 1850; Rev. Daniel Mugan, 1851-52; Rev. 
Patrick McCarthy, 1853; the venerable Rev. John Shana- 
han, a priest ordained by Bishop Connolly, who remained 
at St. Peter's till his death, August 8th, 1870, at the ad- 
vanced age of seventy-eight ; Rev. Daniel Durning, 1855 ; 
Rev. James L. Conron, 1858 ; Rev. P. L. Madden, 1862 ; 
Rev. P. Maguire, 1863; Rev. Gabriel Healy, 1864; Rev. 
John Hughes, 1865 ; Rev. James Quinn, 1867-9 ; the 
Rev. Michael J. O'Farrell, 1869-72; Rev. Michael C. 
O'Farrell, 1870-73; Rev. Michael J. Phelan, 1873. 

The Rev. Michael J. O'Farrell was extremely active 
and energetic, and dming the absence of the Rev. Mr. 
Quinn in Europe had charge of the parish. St. Peter's 
had now, by the energy of the jDastor, been relieved 
from its dishonor and its immense debt reduced so that 
it could easily be paid off. The Rev. Mr. O'FaiTell be- 
gan to preach and lectm-e for the erection of a suitable 
school-house worthy of the oldest parish in the city. 

When the Most Reverend Ai-chbishop McCloskey, in 
1873, called the Rev. Mr. Quinn to the pastorship of 
the Cathedral and the important position of Vicar Gen- 
eral, he confided St. Peter's to the care of the Rev. 
Michael J. O'Farrell. 

The Rev. Mr. Quinn, in his parting addi*ess, Sunday, 
April 27, could look back with satisfaction on what he 


had accomplislied. He had led them in their manful 
struggle, but the end had been attained. St. Peter's 
was free from its load of debt, and notwithstanding the 
lapse of time and the number of small claims, there Avas 
not more than a hundi-ed dollars that was not claimed. 
All had been found, and all had been paid. As he 
looked over the congregation, he missed many who in 
that long effort had nobly sustained and aided him ; he 
saw many too who had grown up or come in and 
cheerfully assumed their share of the burden. 

The Rev. Mr. O'Farrell took up energetically his 
projected school-house. On the 11th of June, 1873, he 
purchased, for eighty thousand dollars, a large building 
erected as a factory, and, beginning work at it in July, 
altered it by removing floors and making proper divisions 
for classes, so that it was ready on the 8th of September 
to open, as it did, with seven hundred boys. The pupils 
assembled in the church, and, after hearing mass, marched 
to the new school-house, which was profusely decorated 
with the American, Irish, and Papal flags. Lines of 
flags and streamers extended across Church and Cedar 
Streets, and an immense crowd gathered. The school 
was then blessed and dedicated to education that leads 
to God. The reverend pastor, among others, addi-essed his 
parishioners, thanking them for the zeal shown bj- them 
in the educational movement. He wished to be xmder- 
stood that in this matter the priests and j^eople Avent 


tog-ether, and that his parishioners would bear sacrifices, 
no matter how hard, in order that their chikh-en might 
receive a Christian education. He hoped they would 
not abate their zeal ixntil every Catholic child in the 
ward had been brought under the influence of a Clu-is- 
tian education. 

The boys having thus been provided for, the base- 
ment of the church was enlarg-ed for the girls' school, 
which remained here for a year. Meanwhile, zealously 
pushing his great work, the Rev. ]\Ir. O'Farrell, in 1874, 
removed some old workshops standing on the school ■ prop- 
erty, and erected a new school-house for girls, at a cost 
of over t^venty-five thousand dollars. Ten classes were 
opened here as in tlie boys' school. 

The supplying of these schools with all requisites, 
including class-books for the pupils, was another soui'ce 
of expense. The magnitude of the whole undertaking 
may be seen in the fact that in twenty months no less 
than fifty-seven thousand dollars were expended in de- 
veloping the educational facilities of St. Peter's parish. 

To meet the regular expense of sustaining these 
schools, which cost from twelve to fifteen thousand dol- 
lars a year, a regvilar organization of the whole parish 
was established, and a ten-cent collection taken up, which 
the first year reached fourteen thousand dollars. 

The cost of the new property and buildings entailed 
a debt which raised the whole obligation of St. Peter's to 


ninety -three thousand dollars ; but what in the old system 
would have been a burden almost hopeless, has, under the 
awakened zeal and religion of the parish, become one easily 
grappled. Within the last five years this load of debt 
has been reduced to forty-seven thousand dollars, evil as 
the times have been. 

The parochial district of St. Peter's is bounded by 
Broadway, Canal Street, and the North River, and con- 
tains about twenty-five thousand Catholics. Governor's 
Island is also under the charge of the clergy of St. Pe- 
ter's, and mass is said there every Sunday for the Catho- 
lic soldiers. 

This mission has had its history. The Catholic who 
entered the army of tlie Republic of the United States, 
whose Constitution provided against the establishment of 
a religion, found the Protestant religion really estab- 
lished. He was compelled to attend a Protestant form 
of worship, and not permitted to attend his own, just as 
in many parts Catholics in State eleemosynary and cor- 
rectional establishments still are. Thus, in 1851, General 
Wool punished Duggan, a Catholic soldier at Fort Co- 
lumbus, for refusing to attend a Protestant service; an- 
other general put Catholics tlu-ough double-quick drill for 
the same cause; and by a strange system. Catholic sol- 
diers were tried by court-martial for not remaining in a 
Catholic chapel after service when ordered to do so. 
Lieutenant O'Brien, author of a work on military law, 


was put under arrest for refusing to enter a Protestant 
church to which he had conducted a squad of Protest- 
ant soldiers. 

Good sense at last prevailed. The clergy of St. 
Peter's now say mass every Sunday on Governor's Isl- 
and, as the priests did in the olden time of James II. 
for the Catholic soldiers in Fort James. 

St. Peter's has several sodalities to keep alive piety 
and devotion in the flock. The Confraternities of the 
Blessed Sacrament, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the 
Perpetual Adoration were established here in the time 
of Fathers Kohlmann and Fenwick. There are now flom-- 
ishing a Confraternity of the Sacred Heart, two Sodali- 
ties of the Immaculate Conception, a Eosary and an 
Altar Society, and two well-sustained Conferences of the 
Society of St. Vincent de Paul. There is also a Tem- 
perance Society. 

The Rev. Mr. O'Farrell has been assisted in his 
duties by the Rev. John P. McClancy, 1874-5 ; Rev. 
Charles R. Corley, 1874-7; Rev. Joseph II. Haine, 
1875; Rev. A. Canary, 1876; Rev. W. J. O'Kelly, 
1877-8; and Rev. John B. O'Hare. 

It would be ungenerous to close this sketch without 
mention of what St. Peter's owes to Trinity Cluu-ch. 
That Protestant Episcopal Chm-ch sold her the ground 
for her first church, when every feeling was against her; 
afforded her a place in her cemetery for the interment 


of the Catholic dead, when the ground around St. Peter's 
was too scanty; and when, in the midst of the church 
difficulties, the functionary in whose control the law had 
placed the management of affairs, attempted to di'ive the 
priests of the parish from their residence by neglecting 
to pay the ground rent to Trinity, that corporation 
would not become a party to the outrage. The great 
Archbishop Hughes said, in reference to tliis : " I retm-n 
my thanks now to that corporation for the kindness and 
forbearance with wliich they treated the clergy of St. 
Peter's Church upon that occasion, for they made the 
observation that for a sum so trifling they would not 
be willing to see the clergy of any denomination dispos- 
sessed and tm-ned out from their lodgings and place of 
usual residence." 

Such is, in brief, the history of St. Peter's Chm-ch, 
which the illustrioiis Archbishop Hughes styled "the 
very cradle of Catholicity, the very spot upon which 
the altar was permanently erected for the first time in 
the State of New York — this chm'ch, the oldest and most 
endeared by every fond recollection of the oldest fami- 




THE present pastor of the oldest Catholic church 
in New York was born in Limerick, Ireland, on 
the 2d of December, 1832, and was baptized on the feast 
of St. Francis Xavier, the Apostle of the Indies. He be- 
longed to a family which has given several of its sons 
to the service of the altar. 

After his preliminary studies he entered the Mission- 
ary College of All Hallows, in 1<S48, and devoted thi-ee 
years to the study of rhetoric, philosophy, and part of 
his theological course. Proceeding then to the great Sem- 
inary of St. Sulpice, at Paris, he completed his course and 
received deacon's orders, but was ordained priest in Ire- 
land, on the 18th of August, 1855. 

Retmiaing to Paris, he connected himself with the 
congregation of St. Sulpice, with the view of being em- 
ployed in the mission to Canada ; but while in liis novi- 
tiate, in the Solitude at Issy, it was decided that he 
should fill the chair of Dogmatic Theology in the semi- 
nary, which he did for a year — a singular honor for a 


foreign student in an establishment of world-wide re- 

His health, however, was affected by the excessive 
study and mental application, and he was sent to the city 
of Montreal, and was for some years one of the theo- 
logical faculty at the Grand Seminary of that city. Then 
for fom- years he was stationed at St. Patrick's, attending 
also the Chm-ch of St. Bridget. He spent eight years 
in active missionary life in Canada, and won the highest 
esteem in Montreal. 

In July, 1869, having connected himself with the 
Diocese of New York, he was placed as assistant at St. 
Petei''s Church, and remained there for three years, evinc- 
ing a zeal in the flock that won universal confidence. 

In July, 1872, he was appointed pastor of Rondout, 
but in May, 1873, he was recalled to New York to 
accept the burden of the pastorship of St. Peter's. On 
resigning to his hands the position which he had held 
so long and so honorably, the Very Rev. Mr. Quinn said 
to the Catholics worshiping in St. Peter's : "I know him 
well, and I think it would be difficult to find a clergy- 
man who would be better calculated to give satisfac- 

His five years of pastoral labor teU how worthily 
he must rank among the parish priests of St. Peter's. 
Of great theological learning, he has the eloquence 
which reaches the mind and touches the heart of the 



humblest; and, ever devoted to his flock, seeking their 
good, lie has in matm-e 3-ears all the zeal and activity 
of a young clergyman. What the parish has accom- 
plished under his impulse attests tliis, and shows it to be 
no mere compliment. 


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Baker, George E. 
Baldwin, Patrick. 
Barden, Daniel. 
Barnctt, J. 
Brady, Patrick J. 
Brassioll, ICdward. 
Brown, William H. 
Burke, Michael. 
Burns, Michael W., Mrs. 
Callahan, John. 
Campbell, Christopher W. 
Carinody, Michael. 
Carroll, Mary, Mrs. 
Casey, Patrick. 
Chabert, Eugene, Mrs. 
Cherry, James. 
Cherry, Thomas. 
Clark, Owen. 
Clark, Andrew. 
Cleary, Thomas. 
Clune, Michael. 
Carroll, Patrick. 
Conncll, Patrick J. 
Connolly, John. 
Connor, Kane, Mrs. 
Cromien, Joseph. 
Daly, Patrick. 
Derick, Catharine B. 
Dillon, Ella. 
Dollard, Patrick. 
Donohue, Catharine M. 
r)onovan, James. 
Downey, Patrick. 
Duffy, Michael. 
Dufi'y, Patrick G. 
Duffy, Terence. 
Dunn, Patrick H. 
Dwyer, James. 
Early, William. 
Evans, Owen. 
Fannor, Martin J. 
Fay, Thomas. 
Fennell, James J. 

Fitzgerald, J. 
Flynn, Michael J. 
Foley, Thomas. 
Fox, Lewis. 
Gray, Patrick, Mrs. 
Halloran, Michael. 
Halpin, Michael, 
Herring, John. 
Hetherington, James. 
Hickey, James. 
Hickey, Patrick. 
Hogan. John. 
Holahan, Thomas J. 
Hurley, John. 
Keenan, Dennis. 
Kehoe, James. 
Kennedy, William. 
Kenney, M. W. 
Kelly, Lawrence. 
Kerin, Patrick. 
Kinsley, James. 
Lacey, William J. 
Landess, Richard. 
Leonard, Frederick. 
Lett, William F. 
Loughran, James. 
Lyons, Jane, Mrs. 
McArdle, llenry. 
McAuley, John. 
McCaffrey, I'Alward. 
McCarthy, Thomas. 
McGuire, Thomas. 
McKeever, John. 
McKeon, John. 
McMahon, Llaniel C. 
McNally, Owen. 
McQuade, William. 
McQuaid, James. 
Madigan, James H. 
Maher, William. 
Mansfield, Patrick. 
Marache, Napoleon, Mrs. 
Martin, Michael. 
Meagher, Michael. 

"Meagher, Thomas. 
Mooney, John J. 
Moore, Francis. 
Moore, Patrick II. 
Morgan, John, .Mrs. 
Murphy, Joseph M. 
Murphy, M. J. 
Murphy, N. 
Murray, Patrick. 
Nilian, Patrick. 
O'Brien, Thomas. 
O'Connor, Margaret. 
O'Connor, Michael, 
O'Connor, Terence. 
O'Meara, M. J. 
O'Reilly, Philip. 
Quinn, Cornelius. 
Quinn, Dennis., William II. 
Roche, Michael. 
Ryan, John M. 
Ryan, John P. 
Ryan, Timothy, Mrs. 
Scully, Ricluard F. 
Silles, F. W. 
Slevin, Michael. 
Slevin, Patrick. 
Smith, Charles. 
Smith, Edward. 
Snyder, Henry. 
Stephens, William. 
Stanton, John. 
Sweeny, Daniel. 
Terry, John. 
Tucker, Charles IL, Jr. 
Turley, Patrick, Mrs. 
Twohig, James D, 
Walsh, Cornelius. 
Webber, E., Mrs. 
Williams, Thomas. 
Wilson, James P. 
Woods, James. 
Woods, John. 





THE parish of St. Rose of Lima was established 
in the year 18G7, by the Archbishop of Ncav 
York, his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey. It comprises 
the disti'ict bonnded on the north by the sonth side of 
East Fourth Street, on the west by the east side of 
Avenue D, Sheriff and Jackson Streets on the south, 
and east by the East River. 

The first pastor apjiointed to this charge was the 
Rev. Michael McKenna. Having been, previous to this 
appointment, assistant and acting pastor of St. Mary's 
Cluu'ch, of which the greater part of his new mission 
had been a portion, he knew well the people to whom 
he was to minister. He knew theh wants — he appreci- 
ated them. He went amongst them, from house to house, 
from door to door, and by his zeal and their liberality 
was erected, in the short space of one month, a tem- 
porary chapel, in which the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass 
was celebrated for the fii'st time on Sunday, February 
9th, 1868. 

With gratitude to God is that morning remembered 


by those who were present; for, though tliere were no 
pews or seats of any kind, no carpeted or matted floor, 
no frescoed or painted walls, their prayer had been 
answered; the sacrifice of the Lamb without spot had 
been offered in the midst of their homes. 

Priest and people, thus encouraged, began without 
delay the erection of the present church edifice, the 
ground costing, with that already purchased, thirty-seven 
thousand dollars, and the building ninety-six thousand 
dollars. It is sixty-eight feet in width and one hundred 
and twenty-five feet in depth, and seats thirteen hun- 
dred people. The corner-stone was laid, on July 31, 
1870, by the Very Reverend W. StaiTs, V.G., in the 
absence of the Archbishop, then at the Council in the 

The Church was solemnly dedicated on Sunday, 
April 23d, 1871, by the Most Reverend Archbishop Mc- 
Closkey, assisted by the Right Reverend John Loughlin, 
Bishop of Brookl}n, and the Right Reverend Tobias 
Mullen, Bishop of Erie, Pa. The dedicatory sermon was 
preached by the Very Reverend I. T. Hecker, founder 
of the Congregation of the Paulists. 

The church built, the zeal of the pastor never re- 
laxed. For more than seven years did he labor, in sea- 
son and out of season, always sustained by the affec- 
tion and generosity of his people. 

He died on Friday, June 4th, 1875, comforted by the 


last sacraments of the Holy Church, and the attendance 
of many priests, friends, and acquaintances. 

His requiem was sung by his life-long friend, the 
Very Rev. W. Quinn, V.G. There were in attendance more 
than two hundred priests, among whom was his brother. 
Rev. Edward McKenna, who, in answer to his summons, 
joiu'neyed across the Atlantic to visit him in his sick- 
ness, but Avhose melancholy pleasui'e it was only to attend 
his requiem. His panegyric was preached by the Rev. 
Michael J. O'Farrell, pastor of St. Petei-'s Church, New 
York, and, porti'aying as it does his character and his 
zeal, a summary is here appended: "How naturally, 
my bretlu'en, do the words of St. Paul occiu- to us this 
day, ' Labor as a good soldier of Cluist.' There before 
us lies a true soldier of the cross. Look upon him now, 
him whom you see for the last time upon earth. He 
indeed proved himself the fixther of his j^eople, the soldier 
who fought in the cause of Jesus Christ, till the last 
moment of his life. He who spent himself for your sake 
is gone from among you. Oh ! if the very stones of 
this chm"ch could speak, every one of them could tell 
you how they had been, as it were, cemented together 
by the sweat of his brow, so hard did he labor for 
the erection of St. Rose's ! Your presence here to-day 
proves your veneration for your pastor ; it shows that 
you feel that you have lost a true friend, who was in 
effect as well as in name the pastor of the flock in- 


trusted to liis care. Of none more than of liim ma}' it 
be said tliat he was a true soldier of Jesus Christ. A 
soldier to be true to His cause should be possessed of 
three qualities — he should be loyal to the cause in 
which he is enlisted ; he should be possessed of the 
knowledge of arms; and finally, he should have sufficient 
corn-age to put that knowledge into execution. 

"Now it seems to me that I do not indulge in any 
flattery when I say that Father McKenna proved by the 
life he led that he was a good and faithful soldier. In 
th3 first place, he was loyal to the cause. He was 
born in the land where the childi-en of the clansmen of 
O'Donnell laid down their lives for their religion. The air 
he breathed in early childhood inspired him with sentiments 
of heroism ; he saw the desecrated slu'ines and rained 
monasteries around him, so that indeed the wonder would 
be if he were disloyal. Not alone the old traditions 
made him loyal as a soldier of Clu'ist, but he was par- 
ticularly so because of the memories infused into his 
heart by the dear old Irish mother whom he loved so 
well, and whose greatest joy and hope was to see the 
child of her heart consecrated to the Lord. He ac- 
cordingly prepared for the sacred ministry, and that too 
when to become a priest meant to be a candidate for 
mart}rdom. Yet she desired that he should aspire to 
the priesthood. She desired it, though she saw the 
sufferings he would have to encoimter, with perhaps 


a dim vision of the scaffold looming in the distance. 
Oh, how lonely and desolate must she not sit to-day, 
away in the old land, knowing that the child she con- 
secrated to God lies cold and dead in a strange coun- 
try ! However, she may well feel ha2)py when she shall 
hear the glad news that thousands of warm Irish hearts 
throb in sorrow and mourn in grief over his grave. We 
all feel proud of him because his record from his early 
youth is such as to reflect the greatest credit upon him. 
He was born and reared in Ireland when that country 
was undergoing the greatest trials and troubles. He was 
born in that particular portion of it too which from the 
growth of Protestantism is known as 'the Black North.' 
But yet that land, so black, loomed up gradually under 
the sun of justice, and shone out in glory once again. 
There, in the midst of persecution, he learned to love 
the Church at his mother's knee ; and as he grew up he 
was taken vmder the fostering care of that eminent di- 
vine, the great Dr. McGill of Derry, that truly noble 
ecclesiastic, who, in the time of Ireland's suffering, had 
the manhood to confront a British peer — no less a one 
than Lord Derby — and bring him to account for the 
gross treatment received by the Irish 2:)eople at the 
hands of the English Government. Father McKenna's 
early training made him love the Church with an ardent 
love. Wlien he entered Maynooth College his faculties 
were fully developed, and his abilities were of a rare 


order. As a theologian he couhl not be surjiassed. In 
the dogmatic and moral course he was perfect, and ho 
not only knew it, but could apply it, like a carefid ])hy- 
sician, in sucli a manner as to heal the wounds of the 
soul ; and in 184G he commenced to make use of his 

"A soldier may be possessed of anns and not have 
the corn-age to use his arms when called upon. Father 
McKenna, however, was not one of those. He never 
once faltered; he never flinched, when his duty called 
upon him, to face danger or endure trials in the cause 
of religion. And this unbending courage is the special 
trait, the peculiar characteristic of every Irish priest. 
The Irish priest has never been daunted, never been 
frightened or driven back when called upon to j^erform 
his duty faithfully and well. When the famine broke 
out in 1848, then it was the Irish priest proved him- 
self — when the Irish people stood in need of his serv- 
ices. If we could see men falling dead on the highway, 
and women breaking stones, struggling against starA-ation, 
and the priest coming with relief to the suffering ones, 
braving contagion and death, then we could realize his 
worth. Oh, how the young priest labored — many of 
you know it — when famine stalked tlu-ough the land, 
while the bones of many of his countrymen were 
whitening in the ocean's bed ! It was an awful time ; 
people flying from their homes, starving and suffering- in 


tlie extreme of misery. It was sad to see the bodies of 
the dead piled one on another. Oh, the weight of woe 
that must have fallen on the heart of the Irish priest 
at such a sight ! But the Irish priest was not alone true 
to the cause of religion ; he was also true to the cause 
of his country. He showed himself true to the cause of 
Ireland whenever occasion offered. I know myself that 
Magee, one of the exiles of '48, one of the bravest 
and best among them, owed his escape to him who now 
lies stiff and cold in death before us. Were it not for 
the Rev. Father McKenna, he might have passed the re- 
mainder of his days in a dungeon. Yoiir pastor was a 
sincere lover of Ireland's faith and nationality. No mat- 
ter where we go, we can look back to those old Irish 
priests at home, whose nationality and religious feelings 
were never separated. Foui'teen years he labored among 
the people at home. Fourteen years is a long period of 
warfare in an Irish mission. A priest there must face 
the insolent and the haughty — face them with unflinch- 
ing brow. Oh, how much courage it required to stand 
up for the poor then, unmoved by the tempting offer- 
ings of the rich ! Yet Ii-ish priests acted thus in Ireland 
when it required the spirit of heroism to act so. 

"The people of Father McKenna's native cit}', even 
in those dark daj's, thought their church unworthy of 
God, so they resolved on erecting a suitable temple to 
His Divine Majesty, and it was your good pastor who 


undertook to secure funds for tlie purpose. Tliis was the 
cause of his first mission to America. When we raise a 
chureli, we build a fortress to which His children can 
fly in a time of danger from the perils that surround 
them. The material church is the fortress, the castle 
where virtue can be defended. To build up one worthy 
of the Most High, he proceeded to this country and suc- 
ceeded in procuring funds. When he had built up this 
great church in ' the Black North,' he was transferred to 
another field of labor, to begin another mission where 
his labors would be amply rewarded.'.' 

The Rev. Mr. O'Farrell dwelt at length on the de- 
ceased clergyman's labors in New York City. He con- 
trasted the old church with the present splendid sti'ucture. 
"The contrast," said the reverend orator, "between the old 
building and the present, resembles the whole history of 
the Church in this city. He went from door to door, 
toiled night and day, to build up the present magnificent 
structure. Even sometimes when collecting funds for the 
erection of this chm-ch, he was known to be rebuked 
with cold words, even by the very persons for whom he 
worked so hard. He struggled on, and persevered until 
he full}- accomplished his purpose. If the very stones 
of this edifice could speak, they would cry out in j^raise 
of his energy, courage, and jierseverance. Rememl)er that 
he would not be a soldier of Christ if he would not fight 
against, not only j'our enemies but yourselves. And so 


many, while the priest is living, feel his words fall harsh 
upon their ears ; but when he is no more, begin to feel 
that his words, spoken hastily, may have given pain; 
but then they were only like the medicine administered 
by the physician, which effects the cm-e, thougk it may 
have been distasteful to the patient." 

Here the Reverend speaker dwelt at some length upon 
the fact that the deceased had always proved himself a 
true soldier of Jesus Clu-ist. The preacher, in doing so, 
took occasion to remark that excellent qualities of head 
and heart made him specially beloved by all. He con- 
sidered some of the leading virtues for which the late 
pastor was remarkable, and hoped the congregation would 
pray in the language of the Chm-ch, "Eternal rest give 
unto him, O Lord! and let perpetual light shine upon 
him. May his example be a shining light before the 
throne of Him in whose cause we all must tight." His 
remains were interred in Calvary Cemetery. After the 
death of the Rev. Mr. McKenna the parish was adminis- 
tered by the Rev. Patrick J. Daly, imtil the appoint- 
ment of the Rev. Richard Brennan as pastor, in July of 
the same year, b}^ his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey. 




THE Rev. Richard Brennan was bom in this city, 
and was educated in the Jesuit Colleges of St. 
Francis Xavier, New York City, and St. John's, Fordham, 
and was ordained priest by the late Ai'chbishop Hughes, 
on the 3d of May, 1857. Having completed twenty- 
one years' service in the priesthood, and having diu-ing 
that long period ministered to the extensive and scattered 
parish of Port Jervis, N. Y., and the new parish of 
the Holy Name, at Bloomingdale, New York City, he 
has brought to his present position the experience neces- 
sary to continue the good work of his predecessor. To- 
gether with the performance of the many duties that 
require the attention of a Catholic pastor, he has, ap- 
preciating the words of our Holy Father Pius IX. of 
happy memory, concerning the dissemination of Catho- 
lic literature, translated ]\Ionseignem- Gaume's celebrated 
work, entitled, " Le Cimetiere dans le Dix-neuvieme 
Siecle" (The Cemetery in the Nineteenth Century), writ- 
ten in defense and explanation of the rites and cere- 


monies with which the Cathohc Church consigns the 
bodies of her children to their temporary resting-place in 
the consecrated burial ground. He had also written a 
" Life of Pius IX.," which has proved its great popu- 
larity by its enormous sale. A "Life of Chi'ist," written 
by him, is now in press. 

As assistant pastors, besides Rev. Patrick J. Daly, 
who ministered fjxithfully during seven years, being then 
transferred to Croton Falls, N. Y., as pastor, there were 
the Rev. James Mee, appointed in 1870, now pastor at 
Milton, N. Y., and the Rev. E. Th. McGinley, appointed 
in July, 1873, and the Rev. E. J. O'Gorman, appointed 
in September, 1875, the two latter being the present 
assistant priests to Rev. Mr. Brennan. 

Though relatively a young parish, St. Rose's has 
established all the societies and sodalities wliich tend to 
develop and increase the piety of both }'0ung and old. 
Among those is the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the 
Young Men's Catholic Association, the Sodality of the 
Immaculate Conception, for young ladies ; and the Holy 
Angels' Sodality, for the younger girls of the parish who 
have made their first communion ; the Rosary and Altar 
Societies, and Confraternity of the Sacred Heart. There 
being as yet no parochial school, S2)ecial attention is 
given to the religious instruction of the childi'en in the 
Sunday-school, which, since the establishment of the par- 
ish, has been under the charge of the Sisters of Charity. 







Ahenrn, Mary, Mrs. 
AleNander, Henry. 
Barrett, Richard. 
Bradley, Charles. 
Bradley, Francis. 
Bradley, Michael. 
Bradley, Miles. 
Brady, Patrick. 
Brophy, Thomas. 
Brown, George. 
Biuler, Johii J. 
Byrne. John J. 
Caliill, John. 
Callahan, John. 
Campbell, Mary, Mrs. 
Campbell, Thomas. 
Campbell, T. J. 
Carney, Patrick. 
Casey, Margaret, Mrs. 
Cassidy, Rose, Mrs. 
Cavanagh, Thomas H. 
Clahane, P. 
Clancy, William. 
Clarke, Mary, Mrs. 
Collins, John. 
Coman, John, Mrs. 
Conroy, [ohn. 
Cooper, David. 
Corker, David. 
Cf>yne, Mary, Mrs. 
Cieevy, Thomas. 
Cronin, Bernard. 
Cummings, James. 
Cunningham, Christopher. 
Curtis, Thomas. 
Deegan, Christopher. 
l)e\lin, James. 
Devlin, Michael, 
I >illon, Edward. 
Dineen, Patrick. 
1 )ooley, James. 
Do)le, Andrew. 
Dreelan, Morgan. 
Dunn, Patrick J. 
Earl, Ann, Mrs. 
Egan, William. 

Evans, Thomas. 
Ferrier, John J. 
Fitzsimmons, Peter. 
Fitzsimmons, Thomas. 
Gallagher, Charles. 
Gallagher, JI. 
Geoghegan, W'illiam. 
George, Martha. 
Gillespie, Daniel. 
Gorman, Michael. 
Graham, Garrett W. 
Gregg, John. 
Griflin, Francis. 
Griffin, Thomas. 
Ilealy, Michael. 
Ilinch, James. 
Ilodge, Richard. 
Ilogan, Mary, Mrs. 
Hogan, Redmond. 
Hogan, Thomas. 
Houston, James. 
Hughes, Jane, Mrs. 
Hughes, W. J. 
Jones, Robert. 
Kellcy, Philip. 
Kelly, Alexander. 
Kennedy, William. 
Kenny, Arthur. 
Kenny, John. 
Kctl, Jeremiah J. 
Lawlcr, Michael. 
Lillis, Patrick. 
Lyons, Michael. 
McAllister, Agnes, Mrs. 
McArdle, John. 
McCarthy, Charles. 
McCarthy, Daniel. 
McCarthy, Eugene L. 
McCloskey, Mary, Mrs. 
McConnell, John J. 
McCormick, I'^hvard A. 
McDonald, James. 
McGee, John J. 
McGinnis, Charles. 
McGovern, John. 
McGuire, Francis. 

McKenna, Anthony. 
McKenna, William. 
Mc.Mahon, Thomas. 
Mahoney, John. 
Major, Catharine, Mrs. 
Meagher, Patrick. 
Menendez, Joseph. 
Moakley, James. 
Moloney, Delia, Mrs. 
Mooney, George, Mrs. 
Mooney, IMichael. 
Moran, Michael. 
Morris, Bernard. 
Morrissey, Bryan. 
Morrissey, Michael. 
Moss, Edward. 
Murphy, Bernard. 
Miu'phy, Daniel. 
Murphy, James T. 
Murphy, Martin. 
Murphy, Thomas. 
Nealis, John V. 
Nesbitt, Andrew P. 
O'Brien, David. 
O'Neill, John. 
O'Rourke, Paul. 
O'Toole, Felix. 
Phelan, Patrick. 
Powers, [ohn. 
Regan, Patrick. 
Riordan, John. 
Ronaghan, Arthur. 
Schreiner, Gustav. 
Seebacher, Jacob. 
Sharkey, John. 
Slater, Edward. 
.Smilh, James. 
Smith, John. 
Smith, John C. 
Stringer, Edward. 
.Sullivan, John. 
Sweeny, Patrick. 
Thompson, Robert. 
Toole, John. 
Walsh, James. 
Walsh, Michael J. 






IS Eminence Cardinal McCloskey, in 1876, deemed 
it necessary to create a new parochial district 
on the west side of the city, to relieve the existing 
churches. To gather the faithful and organize a new 
congregation, he selected the Rev. M. J. Brophy. 

That clergyman found the Plymouth Baptist Churcli, 
on West Fifty-first Street, between Ninth and Tenth 
Avenues, for sale, and, deeming it adapted for the com- 
mencement of the new parish, pm'chased it, in January, 
1876, for the sum of twenty-four thousand five hundred 
dollars. It is a fine church, with a front of fifty-two 
feet, running back the usual depth of city lots, and can 
seat nine hundred persons. 

The interior was then fitted up for Catholic wor- 
ship, and an elegant altar erected, at the cost of one 
thousand dollars. It was ready for its destined purpose in 
April, and as it was to be dedicated to the Sacred 
Heart of Jesus, the Sunday within tlie octave of that 
feast, June 25th, was selected foi* the ceremony. 

It was the fii'st church in the city to be dedicated 
to Our Lord under this consoling title. Devotion to the 
Sacred Heart of Jesus had an ardent apostle in tlie 


Venerable Mother ]\Iary of the Incarnation at Quebec, 
before Our Lord raised i;p the Blessed Margaret Mary 
Alacoque to be the especial instrument of diffusing- it 
througli the Clu-istian world. Under the impulse given 
by that holy Visitation Nun, the devotion was extended, 
especially by the Fathers of the Society of Jesus, in 
their missions in Canada and Maryland. A church in 
New York was now to bear the name, to show that 
the diocese was really conseci'ated to the Sacred Heart. 

The new church was dedicated without and within, 
and the altar was radiant with light and floral decora- 
tions, two of the latter bearing the names of "Joseph" 
and " Mary." The dedication service was performed by 
the Very Rev. AVilliam Quinn, Vicar General, in the ab- 
sence of his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey. The nmnber 
of clergymen present was large, so that the j^rocession 
was an imposing one, as, led by the cross-bearer and aco- 
lytes, it moved around the walls exteriorly and interiorl}-. 

After the sacred rite had been performed which set 
a])iXYt the church to the service of God under the invoca- 
tion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Soleum High Mass 
was offered, the Rev. Patrick McCarthy, pastor of the Holy 
Cross, being celebrant, with the Rev. W. P. Flanelly as 
deacon, and the Rev. H. P. Baxter as subdeacon, the Rev. 
G. Mm'phy of St. Columba's acting as master of ceremonies. 

The music was Farmer's Mass in B Flat, and was 
well rendered under the direction of J. J. Hession, Jr. 


The Rev. Dr. :\rcCil}nn of 8t. Stephen's Churcli 
preached the sermon, taking as liis thenie the Sacred 
Heart of Jesus. 

Some remarks were tlien addressed to the people by 
the Very Rev. Mr. Quinu, who, in the Cathohc clunvh 
opened that day, foimd it too small for the parish, and 
lu'gecl his hearers to prepare soon to erect a far larger 

The chm'cli was thus opened; but there was still a 
school-house to erect, and a pastoral residence. To pay 
for these as well as for the church, " The Church Debt 
Paying Association of the Churcli of the Sacred Heart 
of Jesus " was established, each member to pay five cents 
a week towards reducing the debt. 

The number of Catholics in the district was soon 
found to be very large, requiring on Sundays five 
masses besides the High Mass, including one for the 
young, at which only the children with their teachers 
were admitted. 

A Confraternity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Avas 
established, and affiliated with that in Rome. There are 
also Rosary and Altar Societies, and a Conference of the 
Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 

The pastor is assisted by the Rev. ]\Iatthew A. Tay- 
lor and the Rev. Thomas F. Gregg, and by their exer- 
tions the parish has been thoroughly organized, and can 

compete with many dating back for years. 



Roll of Honor. 


Blake, John. 
Blake, W. J., Mrs. 
Brady, Ann. 
Brady, E. 
Brady, Philip. 
Brennan, B., Mrs. 
Brogan, Ann. 
Bropliy, Edmund. 
Buckley, J. 
Byrne, Bernard. 
Byrne, Melissa. 
Byrne, Michael. 
Canary, Michael. 
Canfield, C, Mrs. 
Carey, Robert. 
Carroll, A. 
Carroll, James. 
Carroll, John. 
Cassidy, J. 
Clark, Patrick. 
Clifford, C, Mrs. 
Collins, Patrick. 
Connolly, Edmund. 
Considine, J. 
Corbett, Michael. 
Cornet, John II., Mrs. 
Corr, A. M., Mrs. 
Coyle, Rose, Mrs. 
Cull, C. 

Cunningham, E. 
Curran, John. 
Dnlton, James. 
Dclanev, Andrew, Mrs. 
Delaney, P., Mrs. 
Devlin, John. 
Donnell, Thomas. 
Donnelly, Hugh. 
Donohue, Michael. 
Donovan, Richard, Mrs. 
Doris, James. 
Dougherty, James F. 
Dougherty, John. 
Dowdell, Thomas. 
Doyle, B. 
Ducey, B. 
Dunne, Pierce. 
Dwyer, M. 

Eccleston, Elizabeth, Mrs. 
Kagan, James. 
Eagan, "M. A. 
Farley, Peter, Mrs. 
Feeley, Owen. 
Finley, Mary, Mrs. 

Fitzgerald, Patrick J. 
Fitz]>atrick, John. 
Flanly, John. 
Fleming, Thomas. 
Flynn, B. 
Fogarty, James. 
Foran. Thomas. 
Fowlie, William. 
Gallagher, Thomas. 
Gorman, Mrs. 
Grimes, A. 
Hackett, James. 
Hammill, M. 
Harned, E. 
Hart, B. 
Hart, J., Mrs. 
Healy, James. 
Healy, "John. 
Hennessey, D., Mrs. 
Hill, William E., Mrs. 
Houlahan, E. 
Hughes, Henry. 
Hurson, Miles. 
Johnson, L. 
Kane, Mrs. 
Kearney, John W. 
Keenan, William. 
Kelley, C. 
Kelley, S., Mrs. 
Kelley, Tliomas F. 
Kelly, T., Mrs. 
Kelly, M. 

Kelly, William, Mrs. 
Lahey, Dennis, Mrs. 
Lavelle, Dennis F. 
Lenane, Kate, Mrs. 
Lennon, Jeremiah. 
Lennon, John. 
Lennon, Thomas. 
Lowry, John. 
Lynch, 1\I. 
Lynch, Patrick. 
McAIcer, Mary, Mrs. 
McBurnie, William. 
McCabe, P. 
McConnell, F. 
McGaughan, Francis. 
McGrann, Mary. 
McGuinnis, Nora. 
McGuire, M. 
McGuire, R. 
McHugh, Patrick. 
McKenna, James. 

McKeon, Thomas. 

McLaughlin, James. 

McLehone, Catharine, Miss. 

McNally, John. 

McNicholl, William B. 

Mahony, John. 

Mallon, Thomas. 

Markey, P. 

Mellen, Jennie E. 

Menton, Timothy. 

Mitchell, John. 

Morgan, B. 

Mulany, P. 

Mulholland, Mary. 

Murphy, T. 

Murray, Henry. 

Murray, Thomas. 

Noonan, E. 

O'Brien, David. 

O'Brien, J. 

O'Connor, Timothy. 

O'Connor, William. 

O'Donnell, Thomas. 

O'Donohue, John V. 

Ormond, William M. 

Parker, W. J. 

Powers, John. 

Quinlan, Martin. 

Quinn, John. 

Reilley, James. 

Reilley, M. 

Reynolds, A. 

Roache, J. 

Rooney, James. 

Ross, Joseph. 

Ryan, James. 

Ryan, John. 

Ryan, "M., Mrs. 

Shannon, Daniel, 

Sharp, Ann. 

Shea, John. 

Smith, James. 

Smith, John. 

Starkey, Robert A. 

Taylor, Ambrose S., Mrs. 

Thorp, Tliomas. 

Vail, Tliomas. 

Victory, Michael. 

Wall, Patrick. 

Walsh, James. 

Walsh, J. T. 

Waters, Michael J., Mrs. 



THE founder of the Church of the Sacred Heart of 
Jesus was born on the 21st of June, 1846, and 
entering the College of St. Francis Xavier, in West Fif- 
teenth Street, was graduated fi-om that university in 1865. 
The pious training there received fostered the divine 
vocation, and choosing the place of a levite in the sanc- 
tuary of the Most High, he entered the Provincial Sem- 
inary at Troy, and, completing the curriculum of sacred 
studies, was ordained priest on the 22d of May, 1869, 
by the Most Rev. Archbishop McCloskey. 

After his elevation to the priesthood he was sent to 
the parish of the Holy Cross as assistant, and labored 
efficiently in that district for several years, exhibiting all 
the zeal and energj- of a good jjriest, with no little ad- 
ministrative ability, and the active watchfulness needed to 
rouse the adults to their Christian duties, especially in the 
proper education of their children, and in using all exer- 
tions to afford every child in the parish the advantages of 
a sound Catholic training. 

On his appointment to the new parish of the Sacred 
Heart, he entered on his work earnestly, and has gathei'ed 
a congregation into whom he has infused a spirit of de- 
votedness and faith. 















S Catholics increased in all parts of the city, church 
after church was erected, though men livino: can 

recollect when the island and the adjacent country was 
all (mv parish — St. Peter's. 

The })eople in the neighborhood of High Bridge were 
too far from the siuTounding churches to attend them 

The Most Eminent Cardinal McCloskey, in June, 1S75, 
selected the llev. James Aiigustine Mullin to establish 
a parish here. He began his labors whh earnestness, 
placing his parish under the protection of the Sacred 
Heart of Our Lord, and celebrated his first mass in a 
hall near High Bridge, June 20, 1875. In a short time 
he purchased a suitable site for a church, which was in- 
corporated as "The Clnircli of the Sacred Heart, New 
York Cit}%" January 13, 1876. The corner-stone was laid 
on the 28th of May, and dui'ing the yeai- the Bev. 
James A. Mullin, l)y uuwenried exertions, succeeded in 
completing the Chm-ch of the Sacred Heart, at a cost 
of about twenty thousand dollars. 



The new chiircli was dedicated to God's holy service 
on the 21st of October, 1S77, by his Eminence Cardinal 
McCloskey. The beautifnlly situated and neatly decorated 
church was crowded, though the weather was stormy. 
The procession was an imposing one, as, led by cross- 
bearer and acolytes, priests from many of the city 
churches, and linally a prince (if the Holy Church, moved 
around the sacred edifice, then entered, and, passing up 
the centi-e aisle, made the circuit of the church within, 
performing the whole dedication service in its fullest cere- 
monial rite. 

After the dedication service a Solemn High Mass was 
offered up, the Most Eminent Cardinal the Archbishop 
of New York- occu])ying a throne in the sanctuary. 
The Rev. Mr. Morris of the Church of the Epiphany was 
the celebrant. The sermon of the day was preached by 
the Rev. Father Merrick of the Society of Jesus, his text 
being, " How terrible is this place : truly it is the house 
of God and the gate of heaven." 

At the close of the mass after the Pontifical Blessing, 
his Eminence praised the pastor of the new church for 
his devotion to a good work, and the people for the 
energy Avhich they had displayed ; but he Tu-ged them to 
liquidate promptly the small debt still remaining, as their 
church could scarcely be called the house of God Avhile 
men had any claim upon it. 

The clun-ch is a very beautiful Gothic structure, 


facing Central Avenue, and standing in a plot of eight 
and a half lots neatly graded and shaded by ornamental 

It is about forty-five feet in Avidth by eighty-five in 
depth, with three aisles, the floors of durable Georgia 
pine, and the pews of ash and black walnut not excelled 


by those in any of the city churches. There is a fine 
High Altar beautifully Avrought and surmounted by an 
elegant oil painting representing the Sacred Heart. There 
are to be two side altars dedicated to the Blessed Virgin 
and St. Joseph, whose paintings are already placed above 
the spots where the side altars are to stand. These three 
paintings are the gift to the church of Mrs. Dodin of 
New York City. The sanctuary is neatly carpeted with 
Brussels carpet, and is entered from two sanctunries 
whicli communicate behind tlie altar bj^ means of a cov- 
ered passage. 

A large Gothic ornamental window of stained-glass 
adorns the front of this elegant church, and stained-<rlass 
windows at the sides mellow the light that falls across 
the aisles and nave. 

So active have been the exertions of the pastor and 
the religious spirit of his flock, that the church is al- 
most entirely paid for, the whole debt on church and 
grounds not exceeding twenty-five hundred dollars. 








Baker, Peter. 
Boden, Martin. 
Brady, John. 
Brady, Thomas. 
Breen, Michael. 
Bryan, Patrick. 
Carr, P. 
Carr, Thomas. 
Courtney, John. 
Fitzpatrick, James. 
Gaffney, Daniel. 

Hanley, Mrs. 
Hayes, Mrs. 
Holmes, James. 
Kennedy, Rose. 
McGrane, Edward. 
McLoughlin, John. 
Reilly, Mrs. 
Sevox, John. 
Spellman, John. 
Tierney, M. 
Woods, Benjamin. 

.4'*-uc. ^/A^'i^-'M^-'T'-v-. 




THE Rev. James Augustine Mixllin was born about 
the year 1839, in tlie north of Ireland, and when 
a boy came to the United States. At an early age he 
entered mercantile business, and tln'ongh his energy and 
perseverance amassed quite a fortune. Having learned the 
vanity of the world, and being desirous to labor for the sal- 
vation of souls he entered St. John's College, Fordham, 
in 1863, and, after i)ursuing a course of study there, was 
gi-aduated July 2, 18GG. A few months later he entered 
the Provincial Seminary at Troy, and at the close of his 
ecclesiastical studies he was ordained, on the IGth of No- 
vember, 18fi9, at Troy. His first mission was at the 
Church of the Immaculate Conception in Fourteenth Street. 

He was then for nearly three years at Port Jorvis, 
laboring in that parish and its missions, which extend for 
seventy miles. From this he A\as transferred to the 
Clmrch of St. Augustine, at Morrisania, and then to St. 
Rose of Lima, New York. 

lie was intrusted, in Juno, 1875, with the organiza- 
tion of a new parish, being tlui first pastor appointed 
l)y his Eniinciuce after liis elevation as a Prince of the 
Chui-cli, and the first priest appointed to erect a church in 
New \\)rk City in lionor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

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THE Catholic people of Poland have ever been re- 
spected by the Americans, who conld not forget 
the services of Pnlaski and Kosciusko, or behold unmoved 
their gallant Ijut unsuccessful efforts to liberate their na- 
tive land from the power of Russia. 

For many years there was, however, but little emi- 
gration to this country ; but in 1834, after the defeat 
of the Polish armies, a ninnber an-ived, for whom a gen- 
eral sympathy was felt. Congress, by the act of June 
30th in that year, granted them part of the public lands 
in Michigan and Illinois. 

As a general rule, they did not settle together, but, 
soon acquiring English, mingled with other Catholics in 
our churches, enjoying occasionally the ministry of a 
priest of their own nation. 

Within a few years, however, the number of Poles 
in this city and elsewhere has so increased that they 
are gradually forming separate congregations, where in- 
struction is given in their native tongue. 

In 1874, a Polish priest. Rev. Adalbert Mielinszny, 
was temporarily authorized by the Most Reverend Ai-ch- 


bishop to collect the Poles on the east side of the city 
and minister to their spiritual wants. He secured some 
property on Henry Street, and arranged No. 318 as a 
temporary church. There were many difficulties to con- 
tend with, the mass of the Polish Catholics being poor, 
and no little hostility was manifested towards them by 
the neighbors. 

In 1876, the Rev. F. H. Wajonan was appointed, 
and soon placed the church on a better footing. Finding, 
however, that the place was not well adapted for a 
church for his people, and remonstrances having been 
made from the English-speaking chm-ch in whose paro- 
chial limits the Henry Street property stood, he looked 
out for a more advantageous site. A building was soon 
found, erected by the Methodists on the south-east corner 
of Forsyth and Stanton Streets, which had passed from 
the hands of the disciples of Wesley and been recently 
used ns a synagogue. This was purchased l)y the Rev. 
Mr. Wayman for twenty thousand dollars, and the interior 
entirely remodeled to adapt it for ixse as a Catholic 

On Sunday, Jidy 14th, 1878, it was solemnly dedi- 
cated by the pastor. The interior was decorated with flow- 
ers and green branches, while over the entrance floated 
the American and Polisli flags and the Papal standard. 
After the performance of the rite of dedication, a Solemn 
High Mass was offered, the Rev. Eugene Dikovich of 


till' Order of 8t. Fraiit-is, p;istor of tliu Cliurcli of St. 
FraiK-is Seraph, buiug the celeljraiit; Rev. Mr. J^bcrhurilt, 
deacon ; Rev. Mr. Guntzer, subdeacon ; and Rev. Mr. 
Wolf", master of novices ; Rev. Matthew Nicot, assistant. 
The sermon was preached by the Rev. I\lr. Wa}-- 
man, \vho began by expressing his warm grfttitude to 
his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey for permitting and 
encom-aging the Catholic Poles to erect a church of 
their own in his e})iscopal city. He had on this auspi- 
cious occasion sent them a special blessing, ■which tlie 
pastor proceeded to ])ronounce over his kneeling congre- 
gation. He then dwelt on the life of St. Stanislaus, 
Bishoi) of Cracow and martyr, the holy patron of their 
churcli. A child of prayer, born of aged parents at 
Sezepanow, July 26th, 1030, a youth of piety led him to 
studies for the holy priesthood, and in that sacred state 
to the most zealous and edifying labors. He became a 
model of priests, the great reliance of his bishoji, after 
whose death the universal voice called him to the see. 
In the position of bishop he was the father of his 
clergy and people, and especially of the poor. When no 
one dared rebuke the tyrant Boleslas II. for his crimes, 
and denounce him with the vengeance of God if he did 
not abandon liis sinful and horrible life, he intrepidly 
declared to the wretched man the truths of religion. The 
Saint's visits proved unavailing, and, after a fourth visit, 
fnuling him obdurate, the bishop excommunicated him. 


Then the king followed St. Stanislaus to a chapel, to which 
he had retired, and ordered his guards to kill the holy man. 
When they shrank from such a crime, the king, taunt- 
ing them as cowards, rushed forward and dispatched him 
with his own hands. 

The guilty king soon fled from his kingdom ; and 
as God honored his martyred servant by many miracles, 
St. Stanislaus was solemnly canonized in 1253. 

The reverend pastor alluded to the straggles which 
the congregation had made, and to the condition of 
their brethren in Prussian and Russian Poland, and of 
the persecutions to which they were subjected. 

In the evening Rev. A. Tonner officiated at the 
Solemn Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacra- 


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THE pastor of the Cliixrcli of St. Stanislaus, bishop 
and martyr, the Rev. Francis Xavier Waynian, 
was born on the 25th of November, 1842, in the Diocese 
of Posen, one of the two of which the great confessor 
for the faith. Cardinal Ledochowski, is archbishop. In 
order to prepare himself for the ecclesiastical state, he 
entered the seminary in the city of Glogau, Silesia, in 
the year 1861, and, having completed his theological 
com-se, was ordained priest on the 14th of June, 1865. 
He exercised the ministry in his native country till the 
war Avith the French and the persecutions of the Church 
by the inhuman Emperor of Germany, in consequence 
of which he came to this country on the 9th of Jan- 
uary, 1876. 

He was received into the Diocese of New York by 
his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey, and assigned to duty 
as assistant at St. Nicholas Church. Here he labored 
acceptably for a year and a half, when his Eminence, 
loth to see the attempt of the Catholic Poles fail with- 
out their being able to build up a chm-ch, requested the 


Rev. Mr. Wayman to undertake the somewhat difficult 
task in which one piiest had ah-eady failed. 

Tliu Rev. Mr. Wayman showed an active and luitir- 
ing zeal, and thus far he has succeeded beyond all hope 
in building up a congregation, and securing a more 
suitable chiu'ch edifice than that acquired by his prede- 





IN the month of November, 1848, an American priest, 
who had been gi'aduated with distinction at Rome, 
the Rev. Jeremiah W. Cmnmings, was appointed by the 
Right Reverend John Hughes, then Bishop of New York, 
to organize a new parochial district and erect a chm-ch. 
A site, deemed a very ehgible one, on Madison 
Avenue, at tlie comer of Twenty-seventh Street, one 
hundred feet in front by one hundi-ed and seventy-three 
feet in depth, was pm-chased, giving space for church, 
parochial residence, and schools. The quarter was an at- 
tractive one, and everything promised favorably for the 
new church. 

Dr. Cummings, late as the season was, began opera- 
tions at once. His first step was to erect a plain, sub- 
stantial building, as the temporary church, which might 
subsequently at little cost be transformed into a paro- 
chial school. Collections were made in various churches 
of this city and Brooklyn, and among Catholic societies, 
to aid in the good work, the new pastor by lectures 
and otherwise making his project known. The temporary 
church was completed at a cost of fourteen thousand 


dollars, and was ready as tlie feast approached of the 
proto-martyr in whose honor it was to be dedicated. 

That solemn ceremony was performed on Sunday, 
the 23d day of December, 1849, by the Right Rever- 
end Bishop Hughes, with all the rites prescribed, a large 
attendance of clergy gathering to add their prayers that 
the new church might redound to the honor of God and 
the salvation of souls. The Right Reverend Bishop 
pi'eached during the Solemn High ]\Iass, reading as his 
text Ephesians iv., descriptive of the Chm-ch of Christ, 
and of the relation of the members to its Divine Head. 
He then dwelt on the external order and beauty of the 
church ; he depicted the love and charity within, bind- 
ing the members together into one community, and giv- 
ing the Church that life which is manifested in the 
works of mercy performed by the Sisters of Charity and 
other orders. 

The chm-ch was opened and celebrated with pomp 
on the feast of its holy patron, St. Stephen, the deacon, 
the proto-martyr of the Christian Church, whose death 
is so beautifully recorded by the inspired writer of 
the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. 

Soon after the erection of this edifice, however, an 
event occm-red which defeated the original idea of the 
pastor, and made the site no longer desirable or even 
endurable for a Catholic chm-ch. The Harlem Railroad 
Company became the proprietors of the rest of the 


block on which this building stood, and desired the 
possession of the whole square. The noise and din, 
the unseemly acts and language of the men in the 
employ of the railroad, were a constant annoyance, 
even dm-ing the solemn moments when the august sacri- 
fice was offered. The site, with its buildings, was accord- 
ingly sold, on the 6th of January, 1853, to those who 
coveted it, for forty-six thousand dollars, and new grounds 
were pm-chased on the north side of Twenty-eighth Street, 
near Lexington Avenue, and south side of Twenty-ninth 

The new church was designed by James Ronwick, 
architect; the lots cost about forty thousand dollars, and 
the edifice, with its fitting up, inchiding ornaments, vest- 
ments, sacred vessels, &c., about fifty thousand dollars, 
without including a fine organ made by Henry Erben. 

St. Stephen's was one of the finest churches up to 
that time reared by the Catholics of New York City. 
It was opened on the 5th of March, 1854, though the 
solemn dedication was deferred till the return of the 
Most Reverend Archbishop Hughes, who had gone to 
Cuba for his health. On the opening day, the High 
Mass was off'ered by the Very Rev. William Starrs, 
Vicar General. The solemn dedication took place on the 
21st of May. The ceremony was performed by the 
Most Reverend Ai-chbishop, who delivered an impressive 
sermon during the Solemn High Mass which followed. 


His text was taken from the Epistle of St. James, and 
the discourse, which has been preserved, and appears in 
his works, is devoted to religion, what constitutes it, and 
its importance. Drawing- the line between mere opinions 
and a revealed religion, he said : " This attaches us to 
Grod, makes us understand whence we come, for what 
purpose we exist, and those primary dogmas — not opin- 
ions, but established revelation ; for if opinions were all 
that could be presented in the name of religion, it 
would not have been worth while for the people of 
this congregation to make the sacrifices necessary to 
erect this structure. If morality can exist in the world 
without religion, this is a waste of money, as was said 
by one when the feet of our Saviour were anointed. 

" This church is this day dedicated to Grod for the 
purpose of perpetuating religion — so important in the at- 
tainment of your salvation, so important in the hopes 
of your rising families, so important to you in the 
prospective view of your old age." 

The collection of the day towards paying the cost 
of the church amounted to twelve hundred and sixty- 
nine dollars. The yearly expenses of the new church 
were about seven thousand dollars, while the collections 
and pew rents exceeded this, so as to leave annually 
about three thousand dollars to apply on a debt of 
thirty thoiisand. 

The Rev. Dr. Cummings had been assisted in the 


old church by the Rev. Joseph Andrade, and in the 
new St. Stephen's also l)y the Rev. William H. dowry. 

St. Stephen's Church, from its beauty and tlie great 
merit of the choir, became one of the attractions of 
New York City, and was frequented, especially on Sun- 
day at vespers, by so many strangers as to cause an- 
noyance to the devout. 

Among- the distinguished Catholics whom the con- 
gregation numbered were for many years the illustrious 
Dr. Orestes A. Brownson and his family. 

The catechetical insti-uctions at St. Stephen's were 
well organized. The Sunday-schools were soon well at- 
tended, and both the boys' and girls' departments under 
competent superintendents and teachers, who, by visits to 
the families in the parish, gathered more than a thou- 
sand children, Avho were thoroughly instructed in theii' 
faith and Christian duties. 

The Rev. Dr. Cummings continued to direct the 
flock gathered under the patronage of St. Stephen till 
his death, January 4, 1866, although his later years 
were checkered by long and painful illness that inca- 
pacitated him for active exercise. 

One of the interesting events of this j^eriod was the 
baptism, July 7, 1861, of a young Persian, Alahab Shira- 
zazazals, who renoimced the Koran and received at the 
font the name of Andrew 

Dr. Cummings was born in Washington City, in April, 


1814, and was early left to the care of a pious motlier, 
from whom he received almost all his early training. 
On her removal to New York she placed her son at the 
college at Nyack, founded by Bishop Du Bois, after 
which he went to Rome, and in the College of the 
Propaganda showed great ability and laid up a store of 
sound theological learning, Avhich his clear intellect and 
sound judgment enabled him to apply to important ques- 
tions in life. After winning his doctoi-'s cap he returned, 
and was for a time at the Cathedral, till he undertook 
the formation of St. Stephen's parish. He was a thorough 
scholar, an accomplished linguist and musician, and a 
successful writer. As a preacher and lecturer he evinced 
remarkable ability. 

During his long pastorship he was assisted by a 
number of priests, some of whom have since reared and 
directed new churches in our city. They were Rev. W. 
H. Clowry, 1857-60; Rev. J. L. Doyle, 1858-61; Rev. 
J. Orsenigo, Rev. John Larkin, 1862-4; Rev. James 
Quinn, 1864; Rev. L. Gambosville, 1865-7; and the 
Rev. E. McGlynn, D.D., who attended him in his last 
moments and succeeded him as pastor. 

Before the death of Dr. Cummings it became evi- 
dent that the church was much too small for the Cath- 
olics of the district to whom tlie clergy ministered. It 
was resolved to extend St. Stephen's through to the 
next street. This work was began in the year 1865 by 


Dr. Cumming's, and finished in 1866 by the Rev. Dr. Mc- 
Gl}ain, at a cost of one hnndred thousand dollars, every- 
thing being of the most gi'and and imposing character. 

The blue -waulted and fretted ceiling is sustained by 
graceful pillars and studded with stars ; the light pours 
in through beautiful stained-glass windows, casting their 
many-colored hues on pew and marble aisle. The paint- 
ing above the high altar is a Crucifixion by Brumidi, 
forty-six feet high by twenty-eight wide ; the altar-piece 
of Oiir Lady's altar is an exquisite Immaculate Con- 
ception ; and that of St. Joseph's is the ]\Iart}'rdom of 
St. Stephen ; while other paintings adorn the side walls 
and that on Twenty-eighth Street. 

The three marble altars are the finest ever seen in 
a Catholic chiu-ch in this country. They were made by 
Fisher & Bird, after designs by P. C. Keely ; the 
material is the purest white Vermont statuary marble, the 
design Gothic, literally covered with tracery and sculp- 
ture. The high altar is twenty-four feet six inches high by 
seventeen feet six inches wide ; the central portion con- 
taining the tabernacle and exposition niche tapers grace- 
fully to the cross wliich sm'mounts it. On each side in 
the supporting buttress is the figm-e of an angel. 

At the side of the tabernacle are basso-relievos 
representing the Resurrection and the Ascension of Our 
Lord. Four angels holding candelabra sm-mount the cor- 
nice above these. The steps above the altar table are 

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ora.imented with riclily carved inscriptions. The front of 
the iihar lias in tlie center the Entombment of Onr Lord 
in Ixisso-relievo, and in the niches between the chtsters 
of vicli cohimns at the sides are fonr angels bearing 
shields, on wliich ai-e depicted the implements of the Pas- 
sion. Of the basso-relievos at the sides, one represents 
the two ]\Iarys going to the tomb, and the other, St. 
Peter and St, John. The candlesticks, in keeping with 
the design of the altar and the tabernacle door, which 
bears a figure of Onr Lord, are of bronze gilt. 

The side altars, though less grand and elaborate, 
harmonize in style, and are surmounted by pure white 
statues of the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph. 

The extension of the church and the grandeur of 
the temple did not alone occupy the thoughts of the 
pastor. To meet the spiritual wants of his flock and give 
the lukewaiiii and careless every ojjportunity to reco^•er 
a religious tone and return to the practice of their 
duties, he prepared, in the autumn of 1867, for a mis- 
sion to be given by the Redemptorist Fathers on a scale 
yet unseen. In announcing it to his flock, the Rev. Dr. 
McGlynn said : " I take this opportunity of repeating my 
most anxious wish and prayer that none of the people 
of the parish will allow this time of special grace and 
blessing to pass away unimproved, reminding all that 
they may never again have so good an opportunity, as 
there will be some eighteen or twenty Redemptorist 


Fathers devoted exclusively to their service during the 
whole time of the mission." 

These exercises showed the immense number of Cath- 
olics in the district, and at their close the Most Reverend 
Archbishop administered confirmation to two thousand nine 
hundi-ed persons. 

Another work growing out of the increased vitality 
of the Catholics of the parish Avas St. Stephen's Home 
for Destitute Children, established in East Twenty-eighth 
Street. This included a charity school for girls, and has 
been maintained to the present time under the direction 
of eight Sisters of Charity, the number of children in 
the Home being about one hundred and fifty. An In- 
dustrial Home for girls out of employment also gi'ew 
up with this good woi'k. 

The parish, with a Catholic population of nearly 
twenty-five thousand, requires, of com-se, the services of 
several priests, and the Rev. Dr. McGlynn has had as 
assistants the Rev. John McEvoy, 1866-7; Rev. E. F, 
X. McSweeny, D.D., 1867-8; Rev. Terence J. Early, 
1868; Rev. J. J. Griffin, 1869-70; Rev. John C. Henry, 
1869-72; Rev. A. Dantner, 1870-2; Rev. diaries Mc- 
Cready, 1871-7; Rev. John McQuirk, 1872-3; Rev. E. 
J. Flynn, 1872-4; Rev. John Power, 1873-4; Rev. W. 
P. Costigan, 1874-7; Rev. T. A. Carroll, 1875-6; Rev. 
J. J. McCauley; Rev. J. 0. Byron. 

In the year 1877 the clnu'ch was put in complete 



repair; now stairways were put on tlie Twenty-eighth 
Street side, nnd the galleries were connected on the out- 
side of the church and doors cut in the gallery win- 
dows, so as to multiply the means of exit from the church 
The organ was also improved by new combinations, and 
the decorations generally restored. 

The Sunday-school now numbers sixteen hundred 
pupils, directed by one hunch-ed and twenty teachers. 

Among the societies attached to the church may be 
mentioned the Confraternity of the Sacred Heart, the 
Rosary Society, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the 
members of these associations approaching the sacraments 
every month or every two months. 

Roll of Honor. 

Ahearn, Jeremiali. 
Ahern, Denis. 
Ahein, Michael. 
Anderson, 11. S. 
Armstrong, John F. 
Askin, Patrick. 
Ayhvard, James. 
Bagley, Thomas. 
Baily, John J., i\Irs. 
Baldwin, William. 
Baniion, Francis. 
Barclay, Henry. 
Barrett, Fugene. 
Barrett, II anna. 
Barrett, Joseph J. 
Barrett, Nellie. 
Barrington, Benjamin, Mr 
Barry, Mary. 
Barry, Thomas. 
Hartley, Thomas. 
Beatty, James. 
Bell, Charles, Mrs. 
lience, George. 
Bennett, Mary M. 
Bennett, T. E., Mrs. 

Bergin, Ellen. 
Berrien, Hattie C, Mrs. 
Birkbeck, Ann E., Mrs. 
Black, Julia. 
Bones, Maggie. 
Bonney, G. F., Mrs. 
Bowen, E. S. 
Boylan, John. 
Boyland, Francis. 
Brady, Bernard. 
Brady, Owen. 
Brady, Philip. 
Brady, Rose. 
Brady, Rose M. 
Brett, James, Mrs. 
Broden, Annie, Mrs. 
Brogan, Thomas. 
Erookies, T. E. 
Brophy, J., Mrs. 
Brougham, Patrick. 
Brown, Mary. 
Brown, Thomas. 
Browne, Thomas F. 
Bryan, John. 
Buckley, Maggie. 

Buckley, Jeremiah. 
Burdon, Ann. 
Burke, Eliza, Mrs. 
Burke, John. 
Burns, Ellen. 
Burns, John. 
Burns, Sarah, Mrs. 
Burns, Susan. 
Burns, Teresa. 
Burtsell, Peter V. 
Butnian, Alice P. 
Byrenes, Margaret. 
Byrne, Henry, Mrs. 
Byrne, Thomas J. 
Cahill, Ellen. 
Cahill, Mary. 
Cain, Peter. 

Callahan, Catharine, Mrs. 
Callahan, Cornelius. 
Caiman, Denis. 
Campion, Thomas. 
Cannon, Mawjaret C. 
Canton, Patrick. 
Carey, Elizabeth. 
Carey, Jennie M. 



Carley, Thomas F. 
Carlisle, Julia. 
Carney, Ann. 
Carr, Patrick. 
Carroll, Eliza. 
Carroll, E. L. 
Carroll, Mary Ann. 
Carten, Kate A. 
Casserly, John, Mrs. 
Cassidy, Hugh. 
Cassidy, Patrick. 
Cassidy, Philip. 
Caulfield, Maggie. 
Cavanagh, Mary. 
Churchill, Franklin H. 
ClalTey, Ellen. 
Clancy, Matthew. 
Clark, Mary A. 
Cleary, Julia, Miss. 
Cleary, Michael. 
Clifford, Rose, Mrs. 
Clinch, Charles P. 
Clinton, Lizzie. 
Clyne, Edward F. 
Cody, Michael J. 
Coffey, Michael, Mrs. 
Cogley, Peter. 
Colahan, John. 
Coleman, John J. 
Coleman, Michael. 
Collins, Lawrence. 
Connelly, Edward J. 
Connor, William. 
Connors, Mary. 
Conroy, George. 
Conway, Arthur. 
Conway, Daniel. 
Conway, Edward. 
Conway, .John R. 
Conway, Mary. 
Conway, Patrick J. 
Conway, Susan. 
Coogan, James W., Mrs. 
Cooney, i\Iary Ann. 
Corcoran, Elizabeth, Mrs. 
Corr, Patrick. 
Corey, Rose, 
Corrigan, Michael. 
Costello, Bernard. 
Costello, James. 
Coudert, Frederic R. 
Coughlin, Patrick J. 
Coughlin, Richard. 
Courtney, Henry H. 
Craig, Frank E. 
Craig. Patrick, Mrs. 
Crocheron, J., Mrs. 
Cronin, Catharine, Mrs. 
Crowe, Martha F. 
Cuff, P. 

Cunningham, Bernard. 
Curley, Anne. 
Curley, RLiry, Mrs. 
Curran, Maggie L. 

Curran, Michael. 

Curry, Edward. 

Daly, Thomas. 

Daly, William. 

Darragh, John. 

Dee, B., Miss. 

Defrates, Joseph D., Mrs. 

Deegan, Ellen. 

Dejanon, Louis L. 

Delaney, James. 

Delany, Martin. 

Dennis, C. 

De Rivera, Henry C. 

Desdy, Mary. 

Devin, John. 

Devin, John C. 

Deviney, IL J. 

Devlin, John E. 

Devlin, Margaret. 

Dewane, Ann, Mrs. 

Dillon, Philip. 

Dinsmore, Bryant W., Mrs. 

Dinsmore, Samuel P., Mrs. 

Docharty, Augustus T. 

Dolan, Bridget M. 

Dolan, Ellen. 

Dolan, John B. 

Donar, Michael, Mrs. 

Donegan, Mary, Mrs. 

Donohoe, Owen. 

Donovan, S. J. 

Dooley, Thomas. 

Dorris, James. 

Dorrity, Farrell. 

Dougherty, Felix. 

Dougherty, Margaret. 

Dowling, Eliza. 

Doyle, James. 

Doyle, Francis. 

Dudgeon, M.ary. 

Duffy, Bernard C, Mrs. 

Duffy, James. 

Duffy, John. 

Dugan, Frank A. 

Dugan, John. 

Duke, Judith, Mrs. 

Dunn, Margaret, Mrs. 

Durkin, Patrick, Mrs. 

Dwyer, Bernard. 

Earle, Eugene M., Mrs. 

Early, Mary A. 

Egan, Hannah. 

Egan, Mary. 

Elliott, John, Mrs. 

Emmet, Thomas Addis. 

English, Michael, Mrs. 

Everard, James. 

Everett, Annie. 

Fagan, John. 

Fallen, Anne. 

Farley, Matthew, Mrs. 

Farley, Michael, Mrs. 

Farrell, Ellen. 

Farrell, John. 

Farrell, Michael, Mrs. 
Farren, Joseph. 
Fee, Susan. 
Feeney, Bernard. 
Feeney, Maggie. 
Fenton, Thomas. 
Ferris, Peter. 
Ferris, Thomas. 
Finnigan, Bridget. 
Fitzgerald, James. 
Fitzgibbon, Catharine. 
Fitzpatrick, John. 
Fitzpatrick, Rose, Miss. 
Fitzpatrick, William P. 
Fitzsimmons, Catharine. 
Fitzsimmons, Elizabeth. 
Fitzsimmons, James. 
Flanagan, James. 
Flanigan, Ellen, Mrs. 
Fleming, Martin J. 
Flynn, Kyran, Mrs. 
Foley, John. 
Foucard, Marius. 
Fowler. George M. 
Fowler, James D., Mrs. 
Fox, Mary E. 
Francis, R., Mrs. 
Franklin, ^Iaria, Mrs. 
Gaffigan, Thomas J. 
Gaffney, Bartholomew. 
Gaffney, Timothy. 
Gahn, William, Mrs. 
Gainey, Timothy. 
Garrish, John Pool. 
Garvey, Eliza. 
Garvey, Rose M. 
Geary, William Henry. 
Gibert, Anna M., Mrs. 
Gibert, J. T., Mrs. 
Gilfoyle, James F. 
Gilmagh, .\nn. 
Gilmartin, llonora. 
Gilmore, Luke. 
Gleason, John, Mrs. 
Gogarty, Michael. 
Gorman, Elizabeth. 
Gorman, John. 
Gormley, Bernard. 
Gormley, Owen. 
Grace, William. 
Grady, James. 
Greehy, Luke. 
Griflith, John. 
Gross, Andrew. 
Guidet, Charles. 
Haag, Margareta. 
Haggerty, W. I\L 
Haight, Daniel. 
Hamilton, James A., Mrs. 
Hanfey, Maggie. 
Hanlon, Ellen W., Mrs. 
Hanlon, Mary. 
Mannagan, R., Mrs. 
Hannon, James. 



Harberger, John S. 
Harnett, Daniel. 
Hanigan, Jolin. 
Harrion, .^nna. 
Harris, Cliarlcs N. 
Harris, Patrick. 
Harl, Sarah. 
Hartwell, Daniel. 
Havemeyer, T. A., Mrs. 
Haven, George G. 
H.iyslip, George T. 
Healy, John W. " 
Hearn, John, Mrs. 
Hearne, Patrick. 
Hcavey, John F. 
plenness, James. 
Hennessey, David. 
Hennessey, James H. 
Hennessy, John. 
Henry, Peter. 
Hernon, James. 
Hickey, Peter J. 
Hipigins, E. S., Mrs. 
Ilifigins, James. 
]Iigi;ins, John. 
Higgins, Thomas. 
Hoare, Thomas. 
Hoey, Mary. 
Hogan, Bridget, Miss. 
Hogan, Bridget, Mrs. 
Ilogan, Mari.a. 
Iloguet, Antoinette, Mrs 
Hoiden, John F. 
Holy, J., Mrs. 
Horigan, Patrick. 
Hosmer, Field Lenn, Mrs. 
Houlahan, Ellen. 
Hoyt, F. D. 
Hynes, William J. 
Igoe, Margaret, Mrs. 
Irving, James. 
Iselin, Adrian, Mrs. 
Ivison, William. 
Jannon, Joseph. 
Jester, Peter, Mrs. 
Johnson, Patrick. 
Johnston, Charles. 
Johnston, John. 
Jones, John II. 
Jones, Thomas. 
Jordan, Mary J. 
Julian, Robert. 
Kane, Annie. 
Kavanagh, Mary. 
Keane, Hanna C., Mrs. 
Kcane, Th<mias W. 
Keating, Thomas K. 
Keelan, Anne. 
Keenan, Thomas. 
Kehoe, James, Mrs. 
Kelley, Michael. 
Kelly, Denis C. 
Kelly, Elizabeth C. 
Kelly, Hubert. 

Kelly, Hngh. 
Kelly, Mary. 
Kelly, N. S_. 
Kennedy, Kate. 
Kenney, Peter. 
Kenny, Ann, Mrs. 
Kent, Julia A. 
Kerns, Jane. 
Kerrigan, Patrick, Mrs. 
Kiernan, C, Mrs. 
Kilduff, Bernard. 
King, Julia. 
Knox, David W. 
Laden, John, Mrs. 
Lafferty, Mary. 
Lally, Rose. 
Lannin, Annie. 
Larkin, John 
La Sack, Mary. 
Lasa'.a, Francis F. 
Lavelle, Patrick. 
Lawrence, Bryan. 
Leahy, John. 
Leary, Kate. 
Leary, Margaret. 
Ledwith, Catharine. 
Leland, Charles E., Mrs. 
Lenehan, Mary. 
Leonard, Kate. 
Leonard, Thomas. 
Leverich, S. M., Miss. 
Lockridge, Rosanna, Mrs. 
London, Ellen. 
Looram, Matthew, Mrs. 
Loughran, Bridget. 
Lummis, William. 
Liuiny. Mary. 
Lynch, Patrick. 
Lynani, Owen. 
Lyons, John. 
Lyons, William. 
Mc.Vuley, Margaret. 
McCabe, Henry. 
McCabe, Catharine. 
McCabe, Patrick. 
McCaffery, Sarah J. J. 
McCahill, Patrick." 
McCahill, Thomas J. 
McCarthy, Edward P. 
McCarthy, Kate. 
McCarthy, James. 
McCarthy, Mary, Miss. 
McConncll, Catharine. 
McCracken, Maggie. 
McDermott, Catharine. 
McDerinott, Johanna. 
McDermott, Luke. 
McDonald, Lawrence. 
McDonald, Margaret. 
McDonald, Mary. 
McEveney, Anne. 
McGettigan, Robert. 
McGillick, Joseph. 
McGinness, Andrew. 

McGonigal, David. 
McGovern, Martha. 
McGovern, P. J. 
McGowan, Catharine. 
McGovvan, James. 
McGowan, John T. 
McGrath, William T. 
McGuire, Alice. 
McGuire, Bridget T. 
McGuire, Elizabeth. 
McGuire, Michael. 
McGuire, Murtha. 
McGuirk, Mary Ann. 
McGurrin, E., Mrs. 
McKenna, Bernard. 
McLaughlin, Margaret. 
McLoughlin, Patrick. 
McM.ahoii, Esther. 
McMahon, Thomas. 
McManus, John. 
McNabb, Patrick. 
McNally, Alice. 
McNally, Bridget. 
McNally, Margaret. 
McNauKira, Ellen. 
McNulty, Mich.ael. 
McQuade, Mary. 
McShcrry, J. 
McSweeny, Daniel E. 
McTeigue, Margaret, Mrs. 
McWade, James. 
McWilliams, Felix. 
Madden, Bridget. 
Madden, Lawrence. 
Madigan, Michael S. 
Maguire, Matthew. 
Mahon, B,. Miss. 
Mahon, Mary. 
Mahoney, Mary. 
Mallon, Annie E. 
Malone, John, Mrs. 
Malone, Mary Jane. 
Malony. Denis, Mrs. 
Manahan, Rose, Mrs. 
Martin, Ann. 
Martin, Ellen, Mrs. 
Martin, M.J. 
Martin, Philip. 
Masterson. Edward. 
Mathews, Lizzie, Mrs. 
Matthews, Edward, Mrs. 
Meeks, John, Mrs. 
Michaels, Henry. 
Miles, Thomas. 
Mittey, Delia P. 
Moloney, Michael. 
Moloney, P. G. 
Moon, Ann. 
Mooney, John F. 
Moore, James. 
Moore, William. 
Moran, Thomas. 
Morgan, Alice. 
Morgan, Daniel. 


Morgan, II. R. 

Owens, Edward. 

Sullivan, Ann, Mrs. 

Morrell, Patrick, Mrs. 

Palmer, James F. 

Sullivan, Elizabeth. 

Mulchinock, Alice E. 

Palmer, John. 

Sullivan, Hannah. 

MulliUly, Patrick. 

Pardey, Michael. 

Sullivan, John. 

MuUally, Rosanna. 

Ponvert, Elias. 

Sullivan, Julia. 

MiiUany, Catharine. 

Powers, Maurice. 

Sullivan, "Maggie. 

Mullen, Mary Jane, Mrs. 

Preston, Mary E. 

Sullivan, Mary, Mrs. 

Mullen, Jlorris. 

Pursell, E. C. 

Supple, Margaret. 

Muliin, John. 

Quinlan, Kate, Miss. 

Swanton, Richard. 

Mulvaney, James. 

Quinn, Abraham J. 

Sweeney, Michael. 

Mulvey, Thomas, Mrs. 

Quinn, Margaret." 

Sweeny, Daniel. 

Mulvihill, Thomas. 

Quinn, Thomas, Mrs. 

Taffe, John. 

IMurphy, Catharine. 

Ray, RIary F. 

Theljaiul, Paul I,. 

Murphy, Hanna. 

Regan, Bessie. 

Tierney, John. 

IMurpliy, James. 

Reiley. Robert T. 

Tiernan, Susan. 

Murphy, Johanna. 

Reilly, Bernard. 

Timmins, Mary Ann. 

Murphy, John. 

Reilly, Bridget. 

Tobin, Mary. 

Murpliy, Kate. 

Reilly, John. 

Toland, James. 

Murphy, Mary C. 

Reilly, "Katie. 

Toole, Catharine. 

Murphy, Michael J. 

Reilly, Lawrence, Mrs. 

Treacy, Michael J. 

Murphy, Patrick W. 

Reilly, Mary. 

Tree, Mary. 

Murphy, Thomas, Mrs. 

Reming, M.argaret, Mrs. 

Tucker, Catharine. 

Murphy, W., Mrs. 

Renehan, John. 

TuUy, John. 

Murray, Julia. 

Reynolds, Ellen. 

Venter, Catharine, Mrs. 

Murray, .Michael J. 

Rice, Katie. 

Wafer, Susan M. 

Murtha, Peter J. 

Roche, Cornelius. 

Walden, James T. 

Nash, Catharine, ^Trs. 

Rose, Henry. 

W.allace, Michael. 

Nelson, James. 

Ryan, Daniel. 

Walsh, Anne. 

Newman, Kate, Mrs. 

Ryan, James. 

Walsh, Catharine. 

Noonan, John. 

Ryan, Mary. 

Walsh, Edward T. 

Nooney, Robert B. 

Ryan, Michael. 

Walsh, Estella. 

Norman, Maggie, Mrs. 

St. John, Edward. 

Walsh, Tames. 

Northrop, C. R. 

St. jfohn, Ilanna. 

Walsh, J. C, Mrs. 

Nugent, Francis. 

Salla, Delia. 

Walsh, Lawrence. 

Gates, Alice. 

Sampers, Mary. 

Ward, Margaret. 

O'Brien, Edward. 

Scanlon, B. 

Ward. Newman. 

O'Brien, lilizabeth. 

Scanlon, Bridget. 

Ware, JIary. 

O'Brien, John. 

Scanlon, Hanna. 

Warren, Timothy. 

O'Brien, Joseph. 

Scanlon, Thomas. 

Warrington, Thomas. 

O'Brien, Kate. 

Sendt, John, Mrs. 

Waterman, T. M. 

O'Connell, Daniel. 

Shanley, Ann, Mrs. 

Waters, Benjamin. 

O'Connell, James W. 

Sheehan, Maria. 

\A'atson, J., Mrs. 

O'Connor, Denis. 

Sheridan, Mary. 

Webb, Catharine. 

O'Connor, Kate. 

Sheridan, Patrick. 

Welch, Maggie. 

O'Connor, Patrick. 

Sherlock, John. 

Welsh, Bridget. 

O'Connor, Terence. 

Slevin, Bessie. 

Welsh, E. T. 

O'Donohue, Norah. 

Sloane, Charles W. 

Welsh, Henry. 

O'Donovan. Nellie. 

Smith, Alice. 

Welsh, John. 

Offutt, H. St. George. 

Smith, Ann. 

Whclan, Bridget. 

O'Hara, James. 

Smith, Cornelius, Mrs. 

White, t.ames C. 

O'llar.a, Mary A. 

Smith, James. 

White, John M. 

O'Keelife, T.ames. 

Smith, John. 

White, Kate. 

O'Kecffe, Keeffe. 

Smith, Margaret. 

Wliite, Lizzie. 

O'.Meara, Michael B. 

Smith, Mary Ellen. 

Widdowson, Joseph, Mrs. 

O'Neil. Bernard. 

Smith, Michael. 

Wilkens, C. PL 

O'Neill, Kate. 

Smith, Peter. 

Willis, M., Jlrs. 

O'Neill, Daniel. 

Smith, Philip. 

Wilson, Ehzabeth. 

O'Neill, Francis. 

Spain, Ann. Mrs. 

Wines, William. 

O'Reilly, Francis. 

Spencer, Ellen. 

With, Elizabeth. 

O'Rourke, James F. 

Stack, Garret. 

Wolforth, George, Mrs. 

O'Sullivan, Michael. 

Stack, Maurice, 

Woods, Elizabeth. 

O'Sullivan, Michael, Mrs. 

Stanley, C, Mrs. 

Wren, Mary. 

O'Toole, Bernard. 

Stone, ."Vnnie. 

Wright, J., Mrs. 

Outerson, Richard. 

Stokes, James, Mrs. 

Wynkoop, Matthew B., Mrs 




THE clergyman who has now for many years 
presided in this elegant church is a native 
of New York City, and was born on the 27th of 
September, 1837. His education was received in the 
public schools and completed at the Free Academy. 

In 1850, at the age of fourteen, having shown a 
vocation for the priesthood, he was sent to Rome, and 
entered the Propaganda, where, at the end of seven 
years, he was graduated with high honors, and won the 
doctor's cap after defending his theses with unusual bril- 

After being ordained priest, he was for a time vice- 
rector of the American College in Rome. A priest of 
such promise could ill be spared from the diocese, and 
he was recalled by Archbishop Hughes, who placed him 
as assistant in St. Joseph's Church, to make his essay as 
a missionary priest. He was afterwards stationed at St. 
Bridget's and St. James'. In December, 1861, he was 
appointed pastor of St. Ann's Cluu'ch, but in the follow- 
ing year was sent as chaplain to the military hospital, 


established by government in tlie Central Park, in the old 
Academy buildings of the Sisters of Charity. 

Towards the close of the year 1865, he was sent 
to St. Stephen's Church to assume the direction during 
the failing health of the Rev. Dr. Cummiugs, whom, as 
we have seen, he succeeded as pastor. 

In his present position he has exercised the happi- 
est influence. Devoted as a priest, far-seeing, quick to 
perceive the wants and needs of his flock, he is prompt 
and decisive in his measures. As a pulpit orator or 
lecturer he is singularly effective, combining with great 
ecclesiastical and general learning a retentive niemorj^, a 
systematic mind, a felicity and readiness of expression, 
and great persviasive power. 

He is now assisted by the Rev. James D. Cun-an, 
D.D., Rev. Charles S. Colton, and Rev. Cornelius V. 
Mahoney, D.D. 

Besides his flock and the Home which he has 
created, he and his assistant })riests attend also the 
Catholics in Bellevue Hospital, who form a large pro- 
portion of the thousands annually admitted there. 






WHEN St. Peter's, our first Catholic church, was 
about twelve years old, the Presbyterian body 
orgauized a congregation and erected a church in Rut- 
gers Street, the original wooden building being in time 
succeeded by a substantial stone edifice ; those Avho 
selected the site and those who reared it as a continu- 
ation of the protest against the Church of Rome little 
dreaming that they were, in fact, building better than 
they knew — erecting an edifice where the Mass was one 
day to be offered. 

With the immense increase of the congregations at 
the churches of St. Mary and St. James, a new house 
of God seemed necessary between them. The Rutgers 
Presbyterian Chui-ch, with their pastor, Rev. Dr. Ki'ebs, 
wished to dispose of their edifice, and it was just about 
the required distance between the two existing churches. 

The Rev. James Boyce, a native of Ardagh, Ire- 
land, educated at Fordham, and who had, from his ordi- 
nation in 1854, been a zealous assistant at St. Mary's, 
received the Archbishop's authority to proceed and or- 
ganize the new parish. In the spring of 1863 he oijened 


subscriptions for his now cliiirch, which he placed luidcr 
tlie invocation of the great St. Teresa, and, refusing all 
personal testimonials from the flock among which he had 
been so long ministering, he })urchased the edifice from 
the Presbyterians and began to lit it up for the ancient 
litiu'gy of the Apostles — the service of the true Church. 
The congregation ^vere incorjjorated under the huv, the 
lirst trustees being the Most Reverend John Hughes, 
Ai'chbishop of New York ; the Very R(^v. William Starrs, 
V.G. ; Rev. James Boyce ; Jeremiah Quinlan, and Thomas 
Muldoon. All these have since, by death or resignation, 
ceased to act. 

It was formally dedicated on the 21st of June, 1863, 
by his Grace the Most Reverend Archbishop Hughes, 
who here, for the last time, perforaied this consoling cer- 
emony in the diocese over which he had so long and 
gloriously presided. In the Solemn High Mass which 
followed, and in which the Very Rev. William Starrs, 
V.G., officiated, and the Rev. IMessrs. Treanor, Curran, 
Farrelly, McCarthy, Donnelly, Thomas Farrell, and others 
were present, the Archbishop delivered his last sermon. 
He was too feeble to stand, and preached sitting. We 
were in the midst of a terrible war, and he urged those 
■who were to meet in this new temple of God, to jjray, 
and pray earnestly, for peace. 

St. Teresa's Chvu-ch thus marks, as it were, the 
close of the labors of one of the greatest members of 


the Catliolic hierarchy in the United States, as the Chmch 
of St. John the Baptist marks the commencement of liis 
administration in this city. 

The church was no sooner opened than a large con- 
gregation formed, which steadily increased, and the influ- 
ence of the new parish was seen in the high place 
which St. Teresa's assumed in the lists of general col- 
lections in the city, where it disputed the very first place 
with older and apparently fai* more wealthy congrega- 

No sooner was the parish organized and the Sunday- 
schools well established, than the pastor turned his at- 
tention to the great want — parochial education. In the 
year 1865 he purchased No. 10 Rutgers Street, and in 
September opened there St. Teresa's Male Academy, 
conducted by secvxlar teachers. Two years afterwards 
he secured the adjoining house, with Nos. 155, 1552, 
and 157 East Broadway, and in these the Brothers of 
the Christian Schools, in October, 1867, opened the male 
parochial school, at the same time assuming the direction 
of the academy. 

The Clu'istian education of the boys of liis flock 
was thus secured. To give the girls equal advantages, 
he purchased, in 1872, the property No. 139 Henry 
Street, to be used as a female academy. 

The development of the Catholic parochial schools 
had taxed the resources of the communities engaged in 


instructing tlie young, and it was difficiilt, in some cases, 
to give competent teachers. Tlie Rev. Mr. Boyce, find- 
ing tliat tlie Ursuline nuns, who had for some years a 
convent and academy at Mon'isania, had so increased as 
to be able to send out a fiHation of experienced Sisters, 
invited them to his parish. They accepted the oppor- 
tunity of laboring in a crowded city parish, and in 
September opened the Ursuline Convent and Academy, 
in which a community of twelve nuns of the Order of 
St. Angela Merici, reviving the labors of the Ii-ish nuns 
years before, now maintain an excellent academy, with 
one hundred and eight young ladies as pupils. 

Going on step by step, the zealous pastor in the 
following year purchased the adjoining house. No. 137 
Henry Street, and opened, in September, 1873, the paro- 
chial school for girls, which is also directed by the Ur- 

In ten years, by the most earnest and assiduous 
labor, this priest had thus established his church, with 
academies and parochial schools for both sexes, under the 
charge of competent teachers belonging to religious com- 
munities. But it had not been eft'ected without overtask- 
ing his strength. In 1869 his health began to fjxil, and 
though the congregation generously subscribed a purse to 
send him abroad to recruit, the relief was but temporary. 

He Avas cordially welcomed on his rotum, and a per- 
fect ovation given to him. Relying on the new strength. 


he resumed his visual labors, but his health soon failed, 
and he lingered during the years 1875 and 1876 till the 
exhausting heats of July completely overcame him, and 
he died on the 9th of July. 

More than a hundred priests attended the Solemn 
Requiem Mass which was offered in St. Teresa's on the 
12th by the Rev. Mr. Farrelly of St. James', with the 
Rev. Messrs. Farrell and Ward as deacon and subdeacon. 
The Very Rev. William Quinn, V.G., paid an eloquent 
tribute to the religious zeal of the deceased, and expressed 
the regret of his Eminence Cardinal McCloskey at the 
loss which the parish of St. Teresa had sustained. 

During his pastorship the Rev. Mr. Boyce had been 
assisted by the Rev. E. Briady, 1864 ; Rev. P. Ferrall, 
1865-7; Rev. John Brogan, 1866-7; Rev. Hugh Flat- 
tery, 1867-73; Rev William P. Flanelly, 1867-8; Rev. 
John McCauley, 1868-72; Rev. James J. Flood, 1872-4; 
Rev. Thomas F. Lynch, 1873-4; Rev. Peter Farrell and 
Rev. William Ward, 1874-7. 

On the 27th of August, 1876, his Eminence Cardinal 
McCloskey selected as pastor of St. Teresa's the Rev. 
Michael C. O'Farrell, a priest who, as assistant at St. 
Peter's and pastor of St. Mary's, Rondout, had evinced 
zeal and ability. 

The position of pastor of St. Teresa's required a priest 
of great energy and administrative skill. The church with 
the vai'ious institutions had cost nearly a quarter of a mil- 


lion of dollars, and there was a debt still of ou(> lum- 
di-ed and twenty thousand dollars to be reduced, tlie in- 
terest paid annually, and the yearly expenses of divine 
worship and the schools to meet. Notwithstanding the 
stringency of the times, felt with increased severity in 
ji parish like St. Teresa's, where the majority depend 
on their own labor for their daily support, the Rev. 
Mr. O'Fan-ell has already succeeded in relieving his par- 
ish of fifty thousand dollars of its debt. He has also 
materially improved the condition of his academies and 
schools, adding to their convenience and power for good. 
He has been assisted by the Rev. William Ward, the 
Rev. E. J. Flynn, and by his present curates, the 
Rev. Peter Farrell, a zealous and untiring priest, great- 
ly esteemed by the people, and the Rev. James W. 
Power, a highly eloquent and accomplished priest, re- 
markable for his meekness and piety, who had been 
attached to St. Stephen's, Holy Cross, and the Annun- 

The educational establishments of the parish are in a 
thriving condition, continuing to diffuse the advantages of 
Christian education. St. Teresa's Academy for boys, under 
the Christian Brothers, has eighty-five pupils; that for 
girls, under the Ursuline nuns, has one hundred and 
thirty pupils. The parochial school for boys, under the 
Clu-istian Brothers, has seven hundred and thirty pupils; 
that for girls, under the Ursuline nuns, has six hundred, 



making a total 

of one thousand five hundred and forty- 

five in this single parish. 

The parish has admirable associations to keep alive 

the spirit of Christian piety. Thei 

e are Rosary and Al- 

tar Societies, Childi-en of Mary, a 

Confraternity of the 

Sacrecl Heart, 

a Cln-istian Doctrine Society, and St. 

Teresa's Mutual Benevolent Bm-ial 

Society, as well as a 

conference of 

the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 


Roll of H 



Ahern, William, Mrs. 

Breen, Thomas. 

Carey, S. Mrs. 

Anthony, John. 

Brennan, Patrick. 

Carney, Thomas. 

Ardle, F. M. 

Broderick, Timothy. 

Carr, Timothy. 

Arnokl, William. 

Brosnan, Mary E. 

Carroll, Bernard. 

B.igley, J. Kirker. 

Brown, Jane. 

Carroll, Fannie. 

Rannon, Ellen. 

Bruton, John. 

Carter, James. 

Barnes, John. 

Buckley, Edward. 

Casey, Mich.icl. 

Barrett, fames. Mrs. 

Buckley, Mary, Mrs. 

Chcever, E. M., Mrs. 

Barrett, Michael. 

Bulger, Anna. 

Cherry, E., Mrs. 

Barrett, Thomas. 

Bunyan, Mary. 

Clark, Thomas. 

Barrett, William. 

Burke, John. 

Clark, William B. 

Barry, Julia, Mrs. 

Burke, Richard. 

Clarke, William G. 

Barry, Mary, Mrs. 

Byrnes, Catharine, Mrs. 

Clarkson, Edw.ard. 

Beechinom-, Julia, Mrs. 

Byrnes, Edward G. 

Class, Dora T., Mrs. 

Bentley, Joseph. 

Byrnes, James. 

Coffey, William. 

Bertranil, Charles. 

Caln'll, Patrick. 

Collins, Johanna. 

Blake, Thomas. 

Cahill. Philip. 

Collins, Philip. 

Blanck, William A. 

Cain, Thomas. 

Connell, Thomas. 

Botas, Mary A. 

Caldwell, John. 

Connell, M., Mrs. 

Bourke, J. C, Mrs. 

Callahan, Jolm. 

Connelly, James, Mrs. 

Bracklin, Peter. 

Callalian, William. 

Connolly, Joanna J. 

Bradley, Daniel. 

Campbell, James. 

Conroy, Peter C. 

Brady, James. 

Camp1)cll, John. 

Conroy, William. 

Brady, Thomas. 

Campion, Mary, Mrs. 

Considine, Dennis. 

Breen, George. 

Cantwell, John, Mrs. 

Conway, Edward. 

Breen, Matthew P. 

Carey, John. 

Conway, John. 



Conway, William A. 
Corcoran, Mary- 
Corriston, Kchvarcl. 
Cortelyoii, Rose, Mrs. 
Coss, James. 
Couglil.m, Jeremiah. 
Coughlin, Xlichael. 
Coughlin, Patrick. 
Cronin, Mary. 
Crosby, Robert. 
Ciirran, James. 
Curtin, David. 
Dalton, Mary. 
Darcy, Patrick. 
I'emiy, James. 
Devlin, Mamie. 
Donavan, I\Iichael. 
Donnelly, Rose. 
Donolioe, Jeremiah. 
Donovan, Eugene. 
Donovan, James T. 
Donovan, Jeremiah. 
Donovan, .Mary, Mrs. 
Donovan, Timothy. 
Doody, Jeremiah. 
Dooley, Christopher. 
Dougherty, Patrick. 
Dougherty, Tliomas. 
DriscoU, Ellen, Mrs. 
Driscoll, James. 
Diiane, John. 
Duffy, James. 

Ihiffy, James. 

Dugan, James. 

Dugan, Michael. 

Duiuphy, Julia, Mrs. 

Dunn, Ellen, Mrs. 

Dunn, Patrick. 

Dunn, William. 

Dunphy, J. E. 

Eagan, David. 

English, Ellen, Mrs. 

English, Patrick. 

Enright, Mrs. D. 

Enright, Thomas, Mrs. 

Eagan, Margaret. 

Eailey, Michael. 

Earrell, John, Mrs. 

Earrell, Mary, Mrs. 

Fay, John. 

p"ay, Patrick. 

Fenton, M. 

Finnegan, Thomas. 

Fitzgerald, John. 

Fitzgerald, John, Mrs. 

Fitzgerald, Michael. 

Fiizsimmons, B. 

Fitzsimons, C. 

Flanagan, I)aniel F. 

P'lanagan, Owen. 

Flamicry, James. 

FIniid, I'ohn. 

Flvun Patrick. 

Flynn, Timothy. 
Fogarty, Cornelius. 
Fotey, William. 
Foley, William T. 
Ganley, Patrick. 
Gannon, Barbara, Mrs. 
Gardiner, Michael. 
Gibbs, Patrick D. 
Gilmarlin, Michael. 
Goulding, Lawrence G. 
Grady, James. 
Graff, Dominick. 
Greene, Francis J. M. 
Grenn, Lizzie, Mrs. 
Guilfoylc, Daniel. 
Ilagan, Catharine, Mrs. 
Haley, John. 
Hall, Mary, Mrs. 
Hall, Samuel J. 
Hancock, Catharine. 
Hand, Bernard. 
Haran, Bernard. 
Hardgrove, John. 

Harrigan, Patrick. 

Hayes, Julia E. 

Hayes, Patrick. 

Healey, Jeremiah F. 

Herrick, Catharine, Mrs. 

Hickey, Arthur. 

Hickcy, John. 

Higgins, Catharine. 

Higgins, Michael. 

Higgins, P.atrick. 

Hoare, Johanna M., Mrs. 

Hoey, Joseph. 

Hoffman, Celestine, Mrs. 

Hogau, J., Mrs. 

Hogan, "Kate, Mrs. 

Hogan, Thomas H. 

Hooley, Daniel. 

Howard, John. 

Howard, Norah. 

Hughes, Ros.ey, Miss. 

Hunt, Annie, Miss. 

Iluut, Owen W. 

Hussey, Catharine. 

Hyland, Martin. 

Irwine, John. 

Johnson, William A. 

Joyce, Ilenry. 

Joyce, Thomas. 

Kavanagh, .-Vnu. 

Kcaly, James. 

Keanc, John. 

Ktane, Patrick. 

Kearney F^ilward. 

Keefe, James J. 

Kccfe, 'M ich.ael. 

Keenau, I laniel A. 
Kelly, Annie. 
Kelly, Cliavles. 
Kelly, iMlward J., Mrs. 

Kelly, Jeremiah. 
Kelly, Mary E., Mrs. 
Kelly, Michaeh 
Kelly, P. 
Kelly, William. 
Kemple, Michael. 
Kenny, M. 
Kenny, Matthew. 
Keiniy, Patrick, Mrs. 
Kent, James. 
Keohane, P. 
Killeen, Daniel. 
Klein, John. 
Lamb, J.anies. 
Lane, Maggie J. 
Lane, MichaelJ., Mrs. 
Lane, Patrick J. 
Larkin, Sarah, Mrs. 
Larkin, Michael. 
Lawler, Mary. 
Legg, Mary, Mrs. 
Leonard, F'rederick. 
Leonard, James. 
Lindeman, M. A. Emilie. 
Logan, Mary, Mrs. 
Looney, Bridget, Mrs. 
Loouey, ILarry. 
Lorenzo, Nicholas. 
Loughlin, Bernard. 
Loughlin, Fanny, Miss. 
Lover, John. 
Lowery, James. 
Lowther, Thomas. 

Lund, Thonias. 

Lynch, John. 

Lynch, Patrick. 

McAdam, James. 

McAuliffe, Patrick. 

McCabe, Andrew. 

McCafferty. Thonias. 

McCarthy, Ellen, Mrs. 

McCarthy, J. Henry. 

McCarthy, Mary F. 

McCauley, Neil, Mrs. 

McCloskey, James. 

McColgan, John J. 

McColgan, "Neil. 

McCormick, John. 

McCourt, Patrick. 

McDerniott, Hugh. 

McDonald, Daniel. 

McDonald, John. 

McDonnell, John. 

McEntee, James. 

McEntee, Mary A., Mrs. 

McGauley, Mary. 

McGinty, Jtimes. 

McGowan, John. 

McC^rorty, James J. 

McGuiness, Kosanna, Mrs. 

McGuirk. Ellen, Mrs. 

McKee, Peter. 

McKenna, Eliza, Mrs. 
McKenna, Matthew. 


McKeon, Benjamin. 

Nugent, Mary C. 

Ryan, Peter, Mrs. 

WcKeon, Joseph. 

O'Brien, Daniel. 

Ryan, Timothy. 

McLean, William. 

O'Brien, Ellen. 

Schlobohm, Henry. 

McLoughliii, Richard. 

O'Brien, James. 

Scully, F. J. 

McMahon, Daniel. 

O'Brien, Margaret Miss. 

Seymour, Fielding A. 

McManus, .'\nn. 

O'Brien, Patrick. 

Shaw, Joseph. 

WcManiis, Charles. 

O'Brien, Timothy. 

Shea, Slaggie. 

McMiillcn, Mary. 

O'Connell, Cornelius. 

Shea, Mortimer. 

WcPaul, William. 

O'Connell, Daniel. 

Sheehan, Daniel. 

McQuade, Peter. 

O'Connell, Denis, Mrs. 

Shells, James H. 

McSweeney. J. 

O'Connell, lames. 

Shells, Thomas. 

McSvveeny, John. 

O'Connell, Patrick, Mrs. 

Sheridan, Owen. 

McSwiggan, Samuel. 

O'Connell, Thomas, Mrs. 

Sides, James, Mrs. 

Mailer, I'eter, Mrs. 

O'Connor, Annie. 

Silles, Susan, Miss. 

Mahoney, Catharine. 

O'Connor, William. 

Silva, p'rank. 

Mahoney, James. 

O'Donnell, Hugh. 

Simcox, David. 

Mahoney, Michael. 

O'Donnell, Neil. 

Simpson, Marv, Mrs. 

Manning, Margaret, Mrs. 

O'Donnell, Thomas. 

Skelly, Charles H. 

Markey, Hugh. 

O'Farrell, Mary, Mrs. 

Slattery, David. 

Marlow, James. 

O'Grady, Richard. 

Sleavin, J.ames. 

Martin, Thomas. 

O'llalloran, Edward. 

Smith, Catharine, Mrs. 

Masterson, James. 

O'Keefe, Rose, Mrs. 

Smith, Essie. 

Matthews, James. 

O'Keeffe, Stephen D." 

Smith, Hugh. 

Melia, Thomas. 

O'Neil, P'rancis. 

Smith, Mary, Mrs. 

Moloney, J., Mrs. 

O'Neil, Florence. 

Smith, Thomas. 

Molony, Nlark. 

Oliver, Mary A., Mrs. 

Stackpole, Annie, Mrs. 

Moore, Edward. 

Orpheus, D. W^., Mrs. 

Stewart, James L., Mrs. 

Moore, J.ane, INIrs. 

Park, Annie T. 

Sullivan, Daniel J. 

Moran, Charles. 

Payten, J. ]'. 

Sullivan, James. 

Moran, Thomas. 

Pennefafher, Mary. 

Sullivan, Martin. 

Mordaunt, Charles. 

Perry, P^ihvard. 

Sweeney, Daniel. 

Morgan, Henry, Mrs. 

Pinson, John F. 

Sweeney, William. 

Moriarty, Philip. _ 

Plott, P'rancis. 

Swift, John W. 

Moriarty, Teresa S., Miss. 

■ Plunket, James. 

Taggart, John, Mrs. 

Moriarty, Thaddeus. 

Plunkell, Thomas. 

Thompson, George. 

Morrissey, John. 

Pohudorff, Frederick. 

Trainor, James. 

Moylan, Johanna. 

Powers, Mary, Miss. 

Wagner. Louisa. 

Miilcahey, J., Mrs. 

Prange, John. 

Wafl.ace, Lizzie. 

Mnllane, John. 

Quinlan, Hugh. 

Walsh, David. 

Midlaney, Peter. 

Quinlan, Stephen. 

Walsh, John E. 

Mulry, James B. 

Quinn, John. 

Walsh, Margaret, Mrs. 

Mulry, Michael. 

Reilly, Catharine, Mrs. 

W'alsh, Thomas. 

Midry, Thomas P. 

Reilly, Catharine T., Mrs. 

Walsh, Patrick. 

Murphy, James. 

Reilly, Patrick. 

Walters, Charles F. 

Murphy, John. 

Reilly, Patrick J. 

Walters, R. M. 

Murphy, Maurice L. 

Revins, John. 

Ward, .\nnie, Miss. 

Murphy, William, Mrs. 

Reynolds, Edward F. 

Ward, William. 

Murray, Christopher. 

Reynolds, James. 

Welsh, David. 

Murray, Francis. 

Riordan, Jeremiah. 

Welsh, Mary, Mrs. 

Murray, John, Mrs. 

Riordan, Patrick. 

Wells, P. P. 

Murray, Patrick H. 

Roche, John B. 

•Whelan, Catharine. 

Murray, Thomas J. 

Roche, William. 

White, Robert. 

Neary, John. 

Ryan, Cornelius. 

Wilkinson, Samuel, Mrs. 

Nelson. John. 

Ryan, John J. 

Woehrle, Amelia. 

Nevins, Michael. 

Ryan, Lanty. 

Wrenn, John. 

Nolan, William. 

Ryan, Margaret, Mrs. 

Young, James. 




THE Rov. I\Hc]iaol C. O'Farrell, pastor of the 
clmr("Ii dedicated to the glory of the Carmehte 
order, the great 8t. Teresa, was liorn m Lismore, Coitnty 
Wuterford, Irehmd, on the 12th of December, 1844. He 
was educated by the Cistercians, at the abbey of Monnt 
Melleray, where he spent six years. Having completed his 
course of philosophy, he sought admission into St. Pat- 
rick's Colleg-e, Carlow, in order to prepare for the holy 
order of priesthood, as he aspired to serve God at His 
holy altar. After spending three years in that theologi- 
cal seminary, he resolved to devote himself to the Ameri- 
can mission, and, coming to this country, entered the 
Provincial Seminary at Troy, in 18G6. On the comple- 
tion of his divinity course, he was ordained for the 
Diocese of New York, on the Gth of June, 1868, by 
the Rt. Rev. F. P. McFarland, D.D., Bishop of Hartford. 
He was immediately appointed assistant pastor at 
St. Peter's Chiirch, and for five years labored under the 
direction of the Rev. William Quinn, then pastor, who, 
on leaving, attested his zeal and woi'th. In 1872, desir- 
ing to visit his native land, the faithful of St. Peter's 


presented their pious and zealous young priest with a 
substantial testimonial expressive of their esteem and love. 
He was transferred to St. Mary's, Rondout, May 1, 1873, 
where he soon won the affection of his flock, as he had 
done at St. Peter's. He zealously set to work to endow 
his parish with all necessary institutions. He erected a col- 
legiate institute for young men, and placed it under the 
care of the Franciscan Brothers from Brooklyn. The 
parish was very extensive, and he roused the faith 
and zeal of the people to erect churches at the most 
needed points. Thus, imder this impulse, a new church 
was erected at Flatbush, near Rondout, and a graceful 
edifice rose at Port Ewen, in a remote part of his parish. 
While in the midst of his active and zealous career at 
Rondout, he was summoned to New York. There 
he entered a thriving parish, but one yet in its youth, 
with the cost still to be met and paid. Many a one 
would have shnink from assuming, at a time when 
those most skilled in financial affairs were full of de- 
spondency, a bm-den which, in addition to the exercise 
of the holy ministry and constant parochial duty, seemed 
beyond the limits of human strength. Wliat he has ac- 
complished, in relieving the chm-ch of nearly half its 
debt, tells clearly how mind and energy were strained 
to the utmost. His health began to show how he had 
overtasked his strength. In November, 1877, his health 
gave way, and the people of his parish, who had warmed 


to the young and zealous pastor so gallantly fighting 
the battle, were filled wth the deepest anxiety for his 
welfare, and diu-ing his enforced respite earnest prayers 
were offered for his speedy recovery. 

The chiu'ch was filled with joy when liis eloquent 
and impressive words again resounded in the walls of St. 
Teresa's, pointing out the way to life, and exhorting all 
to enter thereon, with the earnest pleading of eloquence 
and the most graphic pictm'es of the great truths of 




M O T T S T R K K T . 

TRANSFIGURATION Church, in its origin, ranks 
among uiu- oldest. As we have seen in the 
sketch of St. James', it sprang from Chi-ist Chm-ch in Ann 

The founder of this last named was the venerable 
Cuban priest, the Very Rev. Felix Francisco Jose Maria 
de la Concepcion Varela y Morales, one of the most re- 
markable men of our time, whose recent biogi'aphy, by 
Jose Ignacio Rodi'iguez, gives at last a picture of his life 
and a monument to his fame. 

He was bom in Havana, Cuba, in 1788, and, hav- 
ing by his eloquence and his learning in a professor's chair 
won the respect and esteem of his fellow-countrymen, 
was sent to the Spanish Cortes as one of the delegates 
to represent the Island of Cuba. When the Constitution 
was overthrown, a decree of banishment prevented him 
from returning to his native city, where as priest and 
professor he had rendered such solid service to religion 
and learning. He arrived in New York from Gibraltar, 
on the 17th of December, 1823, in the Draper, Andrew 
Thorndike, Jr., captain. No longer in the freshness of 


youth, a priest and exile, with no knowledge of the lan- 
guage of the country, his position was one of difficulty. 
After receiving faculties he was placed for a time at St. 
Peter's, in the last years of Bishop Connolly and during 
the administration of Very Rev. Mr. Power, so that when 
Bishop Du Bois entered the diocese, the Rev. Mr. Varela, 
by his progress in Enghsh, was abeady able to labor 
among the faithful at large. 

In 1827, he purchased Cluist Church in Ann Street, 
and it became a Catholic church imder the same name, 
and he acted as pastor till its insecure condition made 
it necessary to seek another spot. The property now 
occupied by St. James' Church was purchased by the 
corporation of Clu-ist Church, but as many of the old 
congi-egation wished a church lower down town, the Rev. 
Mr. Varela yielded to their wishes. In 1835, the Reformed 
Scotch Presbyterian Chm'ch, in Chambers Street, oj^jjosite 
the Park, Avas offered for sale. There the very strictest 
doctrines of Calvin had been proclaimed by the Rev. Dr. 
McLeod, little conscious that his kirk was one day to 
become a Catholic chiu-ch and his own son a Catholic 

Mr. John Delmonico purchased the property at the 
sale, with the view to its use by Rev. Mr. Varela; and 
when the Right Reverend Bishop approved the project, that 
zealous priest fui-nished the money — fifty-five thousand dol- 
lars — and on the 11th of March, 1837, the premises were 


formally convoyed to Felix O'Neil, William McCloskey, 
Francis Everard, and Michael Bm-ke, as trustees of 
Transfiguration Cliiu-ch, which Avas duly incorporated un- 
der the law in the same nu)nth. The property was 
fifty feet in front by seventy-five feet seven and a half 
inches in depth; and the chm-ch was a brick structure, 
covering the whole width of the lot and extending back 
seveiity feet. 

A house and lot in the rear, on Reade Street, were 
subsequently purchased for a })astoral residence. 

Transfiffm'ation Church was dedicated on the 31st 
day of March, 183G, and soon had a large and docile 
congregation, who, luider the guidance of so excellent a 
priest, showed the influence of their holy faith. He was 
constant in offering the holy sacrifice, in the confessional, 
in the Aasitation of the sick, and in instructions to his 
flock. After his appointment as Vicar General, in 1837, 
he Avas frequently sent to distant parts of the State to set- 
tle difficulties, to examine charges l^rought, and represent 
the Right Reverend Bishop in most delicate questions. 

There were not yet religious orders, with eloquent 

priests, trained especially for the giving of missions and 

exciting anew the fire of piety in the hearts of those 

who attended the vax'ious churches, but from time to 

time the Rev. Mr. Varela would make a feast and its 

whole octave an occasion of a series of discourses, so 

that the week thus given to God created a new life in 


the chiu'ch. The octave of Corpus Christi thus celebrated 
produced great fruit. 

Assiduous as lie was in parochial duty, he found 
time to labor much with his pen, not only for the good 
of his native island, which he loved too well ever to 
become a citizen in his adopted country, much as he 
appreciated it, but also for the Catholics in the United 
States, by having good books reprinted, by establishing 
Catholic newspapers and periodicals, and by his able 
defences of the true faith and doctrine. His charity was 
unbounded, and many anecdotes are told of his sacri- 
fices for the poor. The salary he received, the income 
sent him from Cuba, all went to the afflicted ; and 
when money was gone he gave his clothing, the silver 
off his table. His housekeeper could never persuade him 
to replenish his wardrobe; but once, by telling him of 
a gentleman — a real gentleman — who was in such dis- 
tress that he had not a change of linen left, or clothes fit 
to appear in while discharging his duties, so worked on 
his feelings that he gave her money to relieve the gen- 
tleman, and discovered, to his own amazement, that he 
was the object of his own compassion, when he found his 
wardi'obe restocked. 

The Rev. Dr. Varela was assisted at first by his old 
associate. Rev. Mr. Schneller; then by Rev. Mr. Terhy- 
kowicz, Rev. John Freitas, Rev. B. A. Llaneza; and from 
1S42 to 1846 by a holy Carthusian, Rev. Alexander 


Muppietti, who, coming here for his health, remained 
laboring at Transfiguration Chiu'ch till his death, March 
21, 1846. He produced most extraordinary fruit among 
the people, who revered him as a saint. 

After his death, the Rev. William McClellan became 
curate, and continued to discharge the duties during the 
life-time of Dr. Varela. The health of that model priest 
gave way beneath the severity of a climate so unlike 
that in which he was born and reared. He had to seek 
a more genial air. "It was to be deplored," wrote Rev. 
Mr. Vilanis, in 1850, "that so learned, pious, and charita- 
ble a man should find himself overcome by a long in- 
firmity, and compelled to pass the last years of his life 
iiL Florida, far from his parish of the Transfigm-ation, 
where, under the influence of a more benign climate, he 
hoped to prolong his days." 

This hope proved fallacious. He never returned to 
his flock, dying at St. Augustine on the 18th of Feb- 
ruary, 1853. Transfiguration Church possesses on her 
altar a crucifix, a memento of this excellent priest, and 
the lamp that lights the sanctuary was also his, as well 
as many objects preserved in the pastoral residence. 

The mismanagement of the financial affairs of the 
church by the trustees increased his afilictions. It will 
never be known how much of his own personal means 
or money obtained from personal friends went from time 
to time to save the chiu-ch. It was finally actually trans- 


ferred to him, when he aloue could save it ; and in 
April, 1850, he conveyed the title to the Hight Rev. 
Bishop Hughes, the trustees in the following year, under 
an order of the Supreme Com-t, giving a release of all 
their rights. 

Soon after the Rev. William McClellan became pas- 
tor, a meeting was held by Bishop Hughes in Transfig- 
uration Church, on the 15th of March, 1853, of not only 
the clergy of the diocese, but also of eminent la}-men, 
to express their sympathy and admiration for the ban- 
ished Archbishop of Bogota, and for the Rev. John 
Henry Newman, who had recently been convicted of 
libel by a bigoted English jury because he had exposed 
the real character of an apostate declaimer. 

The church on Chambers Street had always been too 
small. Moreover, it had become unfit for further use. 
The edifice was extremely ricketty. Improvements in the 
neighborhood required that great expense should be under- 
gone to shore it up. The site was too contracted for a 
new edifice, and the adjoining property too dear to pm-- 
chase. It was therefore resolved to dispose of this site 
and pui'chase another where a chvu'ch was much needed. 

With the money obtained from its sale in 1853 — 
seventy-five thousand dollars — the debts were paid off, 
and Zion Church, a large and substantial stone edifice 
erected by the Episcopalians, at the corner of Mott and 
Cross Streets, after the destruction by fii'e in 1815 of a 


previous church, was purchased for thh-ty thousand dol- 
lars, and was conveyed to the Bishop April 30tli, 1853. 

The ground was nearly a square, each dimension 
being about eighty-five feet ; the church itself being 
eighty feet in length l)y sixty-four feet in width ; the 
purchase of an irregular piece adjoining giving a pas- 
toral residence. 

This edifice was repaired by the Rev. Mr. McClellan, 
and adapted for the worship which the Cluu'ch has main- 
tained for more than eighteen hundred years. It was 
solemnly dedicated and opened for divine service on the 
14th day of May, 1853, preserving the old title. 

Transfiguration Church soon numbered a large congre- 
gation. In 1856 the schools were erected, and the Sisters 
of Charity began a parochial school for girls ; and in 
the following year the Christian Brothers opened one for 
the boys of the parish. The two schools, in 1857, report- 
ed five huncb'ed and fifty children ; in 1878 the number is 
twelve hundred. 

One of the fruits of the school was seen on the 
26th of ]\Iay, 1858, when four hundred and thirty-five 
were confirmed by the Most Rev. Ai'chbishop Hughes. 
The mission given by the Jesiiits, in October, I860, did 
for the adults what the schools had done for the young, 
and no fewer than five thousand approached the sacra- 

Towards the close of the year 1860, the Rev. John 


McEvoy was appointed pastor, and in December held a 
fair to relieve the church and schotds. He continued zeal- 
ously acting as pastor for about a year, when the Rev. 
Thomas Treanor, who had for years been the earnest 
curate, became pastor, in December, 1861. 

He made lais schools perfectly free, and in October, 
1862, renewed his parish by a second mission, in wliich 
no less than sixteen priests were at times engaged in the 

A few years after, this zealous priest enlarged and 
completely renewed the chiu'ch, at an expense of fifty 
thousand dollars. He added a belfry tower, siu-mounted 
by a cupola. Within, the walls and ceiling were frescoed, 
by Brandenberg — the Assumption of the Blessed A^rgin 
being the centre of the ceiling, with figures of the four 
evangelists. Beautifid stained-glass windows, with the em- 
blems of the Passion, aided to show the beauty of the 
renovated church. 

An exquisite altar of Italian marble, finely sculptured, 
is sui-mounted by a figure of Oxvc Lord after his de- 
scent from the cross. The graceful tabernacle is sm-- 
mounted by a Gothic expository. Everything is elegant 
without the slightest point for criticism. 

Under the organ is portrayed the Adoration of the 
Shepherds. The I\Iost Reverend Archbishop assisted at the 
reopening of the chm-ch, in February, 1867, and compli- 
mented the congregation and their pastor on their improve- 


nieuts ; and when nil was completed lie consecrated the 
new altar, on Sunday, the lOtli of IMay, 1868; the Rev. 
Francis McNeirny celebrating a Solemn High Mass, with 
the Rev. F. H. Farrelly as deacon. The Most Reverend 
Archbishop preached on the occasion, taking as his text 
the words of the Royal Psalmist: "I have loved the 
beauty of thy house and the dwelling place of thy glory." 

The Rev. Mr. Treanor did not long survive the ac- 
complishment of his great work. He died of pneumonia 
on the 28th of November, 1870, aged forty-eight. He 
was a native of Fintona, in the County Tyrone, and had 
been ordained by Archbishop Hughes in 1857. His pre- 
decessor, the Rev. William IMcClellan, died at St. Au- 
gustine's Church, Sing Sing, JMay 9, 1871. 

Dui-ing his parochial charge, the Rev. j\lr. Treanor 
was assisted by the Rev. Messrs. Michael McKenna, James 
Hasson, Thomas Maguire, James Quinn, Patrick W. Tandy, 
W. C. Poole, James Keenan, and Eugene McKenna. 

During the pastorship of the Rev. James Hasson, his 
Grace the Archbishop blessed, according to the rite in 
the Roman Pontifical, a fine bell weighing fifteen hun- 
dred pounds, made for the church by Meneely of Troy. 
This interesting ceremony took place on Sunday, the 12tli 
of February, 1871, and at the High Mass an eloquent 
sermon was delivered by the Rev. Mr. O'Fan-ell of St. 

On the 9th of June, 1871, the Rev. James H. Mc- 


Gean was appointed pastor, and has since directed the 
parish. His district contains a Catholic population of 
about thirteen thousand, but is not now increasing, many 
Chinese, with all their j^agan ideas, having settled in the 
parish, with some from Catholic countries of Europe, in- 
deed, but who seem to lose all faith and religion here, 
and seldom cross the threshold of the chiu'ch. 

The Rosary Society, one of the oldest connected with 
the church, meets every evening, and still remembers in 
its prayers the Rev. Dr. Varela and Rev. Mr. Muppietti. 
The Archconfratemity of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 
for the conversion of sinners, was established in this church 
in the time of Rev. Mr. McClellan. There is also the 
Confraternity of the Sacred Heart, the Society of St. Vin- 
cent de Paul, and a temperance society. 




THE pastor of the church founded by the vener- 
ated Dr. Varela is a native of Ncav York City, 
bom and brought np amid the scenes which have be- 
come the field of his priestly labors. 

He was born on the 29th of January, 1841, and 
after preliminary studies entered the College of St. Fran- 
cis Xavier, where, trained in literary culture and a solid 
knowledge of his faith, he was graduated honorably in 
the year 1861. 

Feeling himself called to the priestly state, he turn- 
ed his back on the world and its prospects, and, being 
accepted by the Archbishop as a candidate, was sent to 
Montreal to pursue his theological course in the great 
Seminary of that city, where the Sulpitian Commiinity, 
founded by the saintly Mr. Oliei-, have so long and so 
successfully imbued young levites with ecclesiastical leai-n- 
ing and the true sacerdotal spirit. 

At the conclusion of his course he was ordained 
priest, in St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York, by the Rt. 
Rev. James Roosevelt Bayley, D.D., Bishop of Newaik, 
on the 24th day of September, 1864. 


He was at once appointed one of the assistants at 
the Cathedral, and for six years discharged the laborious 
duties of that position under the eye of his Archbishop, 
ever ready at the call of duty, prompt, pious, and ex- 

On the 9th of June, 1871, the parish connected 
with the Church of the Transfiguration was committed 
to his care, and for more than seven years he has min- 
istered to his flock, by whom he is much loved and 
respected. He is not one anxious for change, but one 
who aims to fulfill to the utmost the duty where he is 
placed, as is evident from the fact that in a priestly 
career of fourteen yeai's he has held only two positions. 





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Freel, John. 

Ahern, Elizabeth T., 

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Bannon, Michael. 

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Costello, William. 

Gallagher, Frances J., Miss. 

Barrett, John, Mrs. 

Creeden, Anastasia. 

Gallagher, John. 

Barrett, "Michael. 

CuUen, Mary. 

Gann, Bridget. 

Barry, Michael. 

Cummings, Eliza. 

Gaughan, Anthony. 

Beel<man, William. 

Cunningham, Patrick. 

Geraghty, John. 

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Curry, Ann, Mrs. 

Gill, Thomas- J. 

Boland, William. 

Cusack, Annie. 

Gill, P. H. 

Bonner, John. 

Dahlbender, Martin. 

Gillan, Peter. 

Boyce, James. 

Daly, James. 

Gillen, John. 

Boyle, Charles. 

Daly, Michael. 

Gilligan, Matthew J. 

Brady, Thomas, Jlrs. 

Deasy, Mich.ael. 

Gillon, James. 

Bray ton, Charles. 

Dee, John M. 

Gillon, Martin. 

Brennan, Mary. 

Derrick, Martin. 

Gilmartin, Michael. 

Burke, Bernard. 

Devine, Patrick. 

Gilmartin, Patrick. 

Burke, Edward. 

Doogue, Hugh. 

Gilroy, Peter. 

Burns, Denis. 

Doran, Ellen. 

Gilroy, William. 

Byrne, Eliza. 

Dore, James W. 

Glasco, John. 

Caddie, iNIichael. 

Doudican, Michael. 

Golden, Bernard. 

Caffrey, William. 

Dowling, John. 

Golden, Philip. 

Callaghan, Patrick. 

Downey, Mary. 

Gorden, Frank J. 

Callan, Bernard. 

Drumgoole, ^Iichael. 

Gorman, William. 

Callion, Jeremiah. 

Dunleavey, Patrick. 

Goulding, Catharine, Mrs. 

Calvey, Daniel. 

Dunn, Edward, Mrs. 

Grady, Thomas. 

Campbell, Daniel. 

Dunn, Ellen, Mrs. 

Gregg, Mary. 

Carens, Charles. 

Farley, Mary. 

Green, Maria. 

Carey, Edward. 

Field, Richard. 

Griffin, J.ames. 

Clancy, James. 

Finegan. Mary. 

Grant, James. 

Clancy, Mary. 

Finegan, Michael. 

Guntlier, Theodore. 

Clarey, Charles. 

Finegan, Patrick. 

Haggerty, Bridget. 

Clarke, Katie. 

Finn, William. 

Haggerty, Jeremiah. 

Clune, Patrick. 

Finnegan, Matthew. 

Hamilton, "Robert. 

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Finnerty, Thomas. 

Hanlon, James. 

Colbert, Patrick. 

Fitzgerald, John. 

Hanly, Thomas. 

Comerford, Kate. 

Fitzpatrick, Daniel. 

Harley, Michael. 

Conhin, D.avid. 

Flynn, Catharine. 

Harrickey, Thomas. 

Conlan, James. 

Flynn, Matthew F. 

Harrington, Daniel. 

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Flynn, Thomas. 

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Hawkins, James. 

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Herney, John. 
Ilogan, John. 
Hogan, Rolsert. 
Hogan, Thomas, Mrs. 
Hughes, Henry. 
Jackson, Thomas. 
Jarvis, Joscpliine. 
Jones, George. 
Kane. James F. 
Keenan, John. 
Keliher, Cornelius. 
Kelilier, Peter. 
Kelly, Cornelius. 
Kennedy, Thomas. 
Keyes, Maria E. 
Kiernan, Kate. 
Kilgorc, James. 
Kirk, John. 
Lalor, iVntlrew. 
Lawlor, M., Mrs. 
Leary, Cornelius. 
Lenehan, James. 
Logan, lillen. 
Lonergan, Edward. 
Lopez, Matilda D. 
Lupton, Bridget, Mrs. 
Lynch, Uernard. 
Lynch, John. 
Lynch, Michael. 
Lynd, James. 
Lyons, Catharine, Mrs. 
Lyons, Thomas. 
Mc.'\rdlc, Bernard. 
Mc.'VulilTe. Jane. 
McCann, James. 
McCarrick, John. 
McCarthy, Annie, Mrs. 
McCarthy, Bridget. 
McCarthy, Daniel. 
McCarthy, Sylvester. 
McCloskey, George W. 
McComan, James. 
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McCoughran, James. 
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